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Wake Asia Wake - Part One - 10

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Wake Asia Wake - Part One - 10

Your bombs and canons come late  far too late now to put together your sundered arms
         no use crying robber in Kashmir when the poor hunger for a bowl of dusty gruel
         nor stretch your mighty legs over the Palk Straits to proclaim your integral faith
                                                                       Wake! India! Wake!
There are no borders to the staunchly raised in unbending respect and unrelenting loyalty
         there is no need for police-ed borders for those who are tied to you by blood
         there’re only stretches of unfathomable water so much un-scaleable mountainous frights
                                                                        Wake! Asia! Wake!
And draw your sons and daughters about you   they who inherit your fate
         tell them not when they may act or how   just let them gather around you
         with time  if you wake up in time   they’ll hoist you to Himalayan heights
                              Wake! Now! Asia! Wake! Before It’s Too Late!

© T.Wignesan 1996/2001  
(Written between April 7th and 20th, 1996; revised February 2001 and published in The Asianists’ Asia, Vol. II, March 2001, and in T. Wignesan. Rama and Ravana at the Altar of Hanuman. Chennai : Institute of Asian Studies, 2006.
[from the “original version” in the collection: longhand notes (a binding of poems), 1999]

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  1. Date: 6/16/2012 11:37:00 AM
    something weird is going on....I went to your poems list, and i did count 98 listed. hmmmm... don't know why it is telling you otherwise. Do you use Google Chrome? Sometimes there are problems here when a person uses Chrome. Please don't stop posting because of this, maybe the bugs will work themselves out, or maybe admin has some advice they can give you. hugs, Catie

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/16/2012 11:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Catie! I just sent you an electric arrow! Yes, I agree there are 98 in "my poems" alright, but not elsewhere. Incidentally, I've got an article in, titled: "The Poietics of the Pantun". You might be interested for it's one of the most original forms from the Malay World. EGWish. Wignesan
  1. Date: 6/14/2012 6:55:00 PM
    enjoyed,, every part...xox~pd

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/16/2012 12:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Destroyer! I guess this's your nom de plume; otherwise it'd be like addressing a warship composing its way on the waves. Pardon the pun. I know you will. Many thanks. I'm indeed most pleased you read every part and enjoyed it all. I'll drop by on a 'copter whenever possible. Thanks again. EGWish. Wignesan
  1. Date: 6/14/2012 8:59:00 AM
    This is very inspiring, even for me! It is quite a task you set for yourself in writing this lengthy poem, yet it inspires people to reach for more, and you shine brightly in this beautiful tribute to Asia. Publication? Hugs, catie :)

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/14/2012 1:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Catie! So, back from our en catimini dialogue and my affirmation that it is not really about Asia; yes, it is on the face of it, if you will, but in reality it arranges itself on the side of those who have been enslaved and downtrodden over the ages by their own people: the top-heavy, power-hungry exclusive clubby few. I see it every day in Europe. EGWish. Wignesan
  1. Date: 6/14/2012 7:31:00 AM
    love it =Juli-Michelle=

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 6/14/2012 1:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Juli-Michelle! Great to have you come by, and thanks for loving the poem; I know then I have struck a chord somewhere, for despite the sentiments expressed in it, poems should transcend all kinds of barriers. Here, the poem addresses itself to the underlings of the world. Every good wish. Wignesan