Wang Gungwu, Head, East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore

My Ruins

In spite of all I feel

About evil socialities,

My heart is torn within:

The seal

Of faith to myself is broken,

And for brief, painful moments

I think old thoughts.

A picture of a hopeless past,

Of an untouched chin

And a virgin cheek,

Frames my mind in ruins.


Then I lose my mirth to duty

And shade my sight from well worn beauty.




Reproduced with the kind permission of Wang Gungwu.

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Last Modified: 25 July, 2002