Immortals

By Natasha Effendy 

 

If An Immortal Witnessed Malaysia’s Timeline

 

I’ve stopped aging in an era

that calls home to my soul 

bid farewell to ephemera

for i would not grow old

 

I have outlived many days 

and witnessed generations 

constructed by inheritance

of family businesses 

and traditions

 

1930s

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A rubber empire fell

the birth rate did not

it was the 1930s 

a depression had come

and for once

it was not mine

1940s

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terror

how it reigned 

over a country

how it stained us

so abruptly

 

and yet the look-east policy

it exists

 

so softly, I hoped

quietly, I prayed

the world is not so bad after all 

 

for a lifetime of happiness 

through gained independence 

comes

a few minutes of darkness 

like a fetus in a womb

then at the stroke of midnight 

the birth of a nation

 

1950s

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so softly, I hoped

quietly, I prayed

the world is not so bad after all 

 

1960s

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I’ve grown sick of 

observing a repetitive cycle 

of human error and trial 

that mark and stain the world 

with issues triggered by 

man-made mistakes 

with an insurmountable 

butterfly effect 

accelerating beyond borders 

that decay with stale politics 

and it just starts to feel like a 

bunch of stories and movies 

with overused cliches 

that don’t get tweaked

 

I teeter on the edge of

permanent boredom 

forgive my apathy

my faltering decorum

 

I wish to tie myself to the present 

than to witness a future of wasted potential

 

2000s

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how smooth

a barbaric show of guns and bombs

can transform into

a mesmeric affair of slick handshakes in bars 

 

how does a nation sing

to the tune 

of billions of dollars

lost 

 

what is there to say except

there is sometimes evil without cause

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ah,

 

softly, I hoped

quietly, I prayed

the world is not so bad after all 

 

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