memory, Poetry

Once upon a time

Once upon a time
we fought for freedom,
Now we just sit
and bitch about foreigners.

Once upon a time
we would have raised up questions,
Now we just sit
and lap up empty tears.

Once upon a time
this flag was red and white,
Once upon a time
for this country we’d fight.

Once upon a time – once upon a time.

Once upon a time
the future was in our kids,
Once upon a time
each school was not that bad.

Once upon a time
we could love all our children,
Now we take away
childhoods they never had.

Once upon a time
we could look to retire,
Now we will all work
until the day we die.

Once upon a time – once upon a time.

Once upon a time
our leaders stood for something,
Now they always say
their salary’s not enough.

Once upon a time
they’d jump into the ring,
Now they always say
politics is much too tough.

Once upon a time
we had real men of substance,
Now we just have millionaires
ranged neat in rows.

Once upon a time, once upon a time.

Once upon a time
things were going so well,
Once upon a time
they were going right.

But then along
came a spider sneaking,
he could weave deep darkness
straight out of light.

Way back in
nineteen eighty-eight,
If we had stood up before
it was too late.

Nobody knows, just how far we’d go.

Singapore Flag

Maybe it still isn’t too late,
to turn the back the clock on our fate,

Everybody knows – that nobody knows.

Majulah Singapura, Majulah Singapura.

I wrote the poem “Once upon a time”, based on the tune and rhythm of “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen. You can watch the video above to hear its most recent reincarnation in the Justice League.

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