Dari Sini Ke Sana

From a distance, the world seems brighter now.
Even though we’ve far to go.
From a distance, our land more hopeful now.
Even though our doubts may grow.

For the process of change is never immediate
And the work of reform never instant.
For the breakthroughs occur in seen and unseen ways
And the landslides come after much rain.

So the people whose lives have so clearly been changed
Need to learn what it means to be vigilant.
And the people whose hearts have so clearly been changed
Need to learn what it takes to be different.

For the makers of mischief abound in each space
Ever ready to pounce on our fragility.
And the stalwarts of change need the traits of integrity
So their strength needs support sans refrain.

For we’ve come through a tunnel, after years of much struggle
Yet the mountains ahead must be climbed.
And the troopers of thought who have worked through the night
Will have journeys ahead that will strain.

But the soul feels, the world seems, much brighter now.
Even though we’ve far to go.
And the heart sings, the land leans, more hopeful now.
Even though our doubts may show.

Let the questions emerge in a climate of discussion.
Let the doubts be allowed to find sites of expression.
Let the fears be raised in spaces of moderation.
Let the cynicism float freely to find transformation.

We may not know the way to a quick solution
We may have to give time for a gradual clarification

Something new has been born
Something new must be worn

To sustain the tides of a truthful reformation.

by
Seberang Malaysian
10-03-08