Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Puisi Untuk Menteri Pelajaran Malaysia

The Minister for Exams.

When I was a child I sat an exam

The test was so simple

There was no way I could fail.

Q1. Describe the taste of the moon.

It tastes like creation, I wrote

it has the flavour of starlight.

Q2. What colour is Love?

Love is the colour of water which a man

lost in the desert finds, I wrote.

Q3. Why do snowflakes melt?

I wrote, they melt because they fall

onto the warm tongue of God.

There were other questions.

There were as simple.

I desrcibed the grief of Adam when he was expelled from Eden.

I wrote down the exact weight of an elephant's dream.

Yet today, many years later,

For my living I sweep the streets

or clean out the toilets of the fat hotels.

Why? Because I consistently failed my exams.

Why? Well, let me set a test.

Q1. How large is a child's imagination?

Q2. How shallow is the soul of the Minister for Exams?

-Brian Patten, The Armada. 1996.

I was born intelligent, but educations ruined me.

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