My Country I Will Build You Again.

Yin’s “My Country I Will Build You Again” is from his collection of “Poems of Protests and Resistance”

My Country I Will Build You Again

If the flames rise any higher

You will burn to the ground

Perhaps that is preferable

To the rotten structure white anted

Looking good on the outside

Eaten up on the inside

They have built you

Not as you should be built

On integrity, necessity and responsibility

They have built you

On their egos and greed

Not according to your needs

Where once you were a rainbow

Of brown and black and yellow

And other colours too

Now they use only brown and green

You used to be a Tower of Babel

A cacophonous confusion

Of tongues from every land

Yet your people got along

In every way they canI will wash away the stains

Accumulated through the years

With my tears

I will rebuild you

As once our founders intended

With bricks of many hue

In your garden I will plant

Flowers of every fragrance

So that we can all inhale

The perfume of our youth

Though everything else is wrong

That any day it will crumble

But your foundations are still strong

On that we will build a new country

Same as the old one

Where everyone belongs.


(The views expressed are those of the contributor)


By Yin

Letters from Ward 5, Tanjong Rambutan

Rebuilding Malaysia


  • isa loo says:

    The country can swing high
    If all stay humble and nice
    Work together and share the loads
    Nothing will be impossible to handle

    The bad foundation must be uprooted
    Don’t be afraid to change the bad causes
    Once the admission of sins moving forward is easy
    If only the politicians are the true sons and daughters

    The greed and corruption will prevail
    Until we all come together to burn it in our heads
    We have to make history to build our nation
    Caste out the bad narratives write in the good stories

    Absolute power will corrupt the mind
    It is the evil planting it in many forms
    Once we go praying for our souls
    We must learn and live with the scriptures

    The good foundation of God and scriptures
    The nation will not fall into pieces of pebbles
    There will not be the nightmares in our minds
    There will be the loads of good vibes

    The falling of rainbow colours
    It spreads its brightly coloured lights
    How it shows us to mix together
    The vibrant life the blossoming economy

    The nation can fly high
    With her flag waving by the wind
    If all of us share our loads and stay united
    Repair the bridges of faiths everything will be bless

  • Lee Lee says:

    Nice to read but nation are not build on words. Lets get a grip and full actions for poetries are never in motion, less to stirr the lazy idealist mnd

    • Hang Kasturi says:

      Disagree as there are words contained within a Constitution which acts as a guide and you can see the schemozzle in Britain now as there is no Constitution to guide them other than the closest being the Magna Carta, which is to curb the King’s excesses at that time. Words are important just as deeds are. Words can galvanise a rakyat used to stupor and hence the advent of the internet has largely put paid to rumours such as prevailed during the May 13th Incident. Of course, at the end of the day we need to act and act fast in order to turn the tide against the Taliban of Malaysia. Otherwise all will be lost.

      • Lee Lee says:

        You may be right in certain environment but in Malaysia too much of talking in words becomes loud and blurr!!

  • Hang Kasturi says:

    Move over, Wordsworth. There is a new poet in town.

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