WITH the advent of email & internet
Acronyms & abbreviations are common sight
Be it LOL or SMS
Economy of words step right out
Actual vocabulary seemingly lost
In the world of speed & short-cut
To be heard don’t just sob
You’ve got to “cry out loud” & shout!
The full impact of a joke breeds LOL
When distressed, oppressed & hurt . . . COL!
I recall the story of “The Frog in the Well” – its call is all confined to the walls of the well. It’s only in the still of night or early morning that its calls hit our ears but only faintly. The frog knows not the world outside nor the outside really knows of its existence. What can of the world is that it lives in?
The world is a troubled place as it is. Wars, riot & civil commotion raging everywhere. You simply don’t have time to stand & stare!For “Crying Out Loud” is the way to go to merit survival of the fittest.
People the world over are like frogs in the well. Be they living or existing in US, Greece, Portugal or MALAYSIA . . . all are bogged down in the quagmire of political-economic-social mess!
It’s democracy gone crazy. The rich & powerful dominate reaping the country & the world at large to satisfy their GREED. In Malaysia, the American media flagship CNN is replaced by CCN (Corruption, Croynism & Nepotism). This is where the ruling BN/UMNOputras bloom while the majority of the nationals including their own “sons of the soil” swoon!
Let’s refresh with a little poem of mine on “The Frog in the Well” . . .
DON’T be a frog in the well
It never know it’s living in hell
When it’s able to get out of the well
Then it knows it’s never so swell.
People who live an isolated life
Are confined & restricted in their sight
Such people are difficult & set in their ways
Nothing new & progressive can make them sway.
The story also typifies people with closed mind
They are like ancient miners in thee old coal mine
Danger lurked with every stroke
Like bungee jumping without the rope.
There’s a big world out there
You’ve got to know & care
Love is what makes the world go round
Living together peacefully in & around.
Paul Chong ©
Sunday, 1 July 1990