I am saddened by the news that Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong are leaving the cabinet.
Singapore owes them everything. Lee Kuan Yew created modern Singapore and Goh Chok Tong built on his success. I like Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, but admire Lee Kuan Yew for his intellect, his ability as a speaker and a writer, and his immense contributions. He is the last great Asian leader, who will be remembered for founding a nation and leading it to success. And who can forget how Goh Chok Tong bonded with the people as prime minister?
This is adapted from The Patriot, a poem by Robert Browning.
Time To Go
An Old Story
It was roses, roses, all the way,
With orchids mixed in my path like mad:
The house-roofs seemed to heave and sway,
The city hall flamed, such flags they had,
The adoring crowd that long-past day.
The air broke into a mist with bells,
The old walls rocked with the crowd and cries.
Had I said, “Good folk, mere noise repels –
But give me your sun from yonder skies!”
They had answered, “And afterward, what else?”
But it was I who leaped at the sun
To give it my loving friends to keep!
Nought man could do, have I left undone:
And you see my harvest, what I reap
Today, now the years have run.
There’s nobody on the house-tops now –
Just the people chatting on the internet;
For anyone now with the least knowhow,
Is following the Twitter-and-Facebook set;
I hear you, friends, and take my last bow.
There are more brickbats than bouquets,
The barbed comment and the flame of the troll;
Is it someone I know? I can only guess,
In the flamethrowers’ opinion poll,
Censure is better than fulsome praise.
Thus I rose and thus I go,
Leave the cares of office
To the young who know
What may suffice to please
Their peers. Go with the flow.
Click on the link to read The Patriot, by Robert Browning.