Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

By May Kwek

Count the stars in the sky
The specks of joy in the night
Count the birds that freely fly
Bringing grace with their flight

Your friends and family
Remember to count them too
For the times you have had together
How they always stood by you

Blessings aren’t hard to find
Look hard and you will see
How they hide in simple things
But when found will sing

Count your blessings then
Count them and be wise
Remember them at sunset
And start counting at sunrise

Copyright © 2014 by May Kwek

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The forever wait

The forever wait

By May Kwek

It has been a good three months
Since the A levels left me
Yet sometimes I remember and wonder
About this memory

Time has faded its clarity
I am not longer as sure
Of exactly what I did
Though that I worked hard is clear

And now as February draws to a close
And the results come ever nearer
What I got seems to loom over me
Like a questions that lingers

Most times I forget about it
And have fun and rest
Then when I am not watching it catches me
With “did you do your best?”

Of course I did!
That I surely know
I had never worked so hard
Didn’t think it was possible to do so

Yet I can’t help but plan
My road if I did badly
If I didn’t get what I wanted
What degree would be handy?

Oh I wish I would know already
This wait is too long
Better to accept my results reality
And have the question gone!

Copyright © 2014 by May Kwek

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The voices of the wind

The voices of the wind

By May Kwek

Quiet now, keep still
And gently close your eyes
Tilt your head slightly upwards
Towards the glorious sky

Can you hear the wind blowing?
Just beside your ear?
Listen, can hearing it speaking?
About things far and near?

Taste the cold wind swept air
 And hear the wind rush like the sea
Then you know as the wind has told
That a storm will come eventually

Or perhaps a whispering rush
That hurries through the trees
Calling you, yes, calling you
“Quickly! Come and see!”

Or maybe the breeze that blows
Everlasting by the sea
Telling tales of war and strength
And the peaceful and free

Or maybe the best voice of all
That the wind whispers in your ear
“Calm and peace be with you”
You know the Lord is near

Copyright © 2014 by May Kwek

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The grace of birds

The grace of birds

By May Kwek

If I wished to see flying grace
I need not look to a further place
Than at the bright coral blue sky
And the birds as they fly

As they dive, swoop and glide
Riding on the wind’s delight
As they hover, flap or call out their song
All through the day and the night long

Take the eagle soaring in the air
Circling the earth with deliberate care
With sharp eyes finding his prey
And diving down for his meal of the day

Or perhaps let’s take a swallow
Darting through the trees
Like an inky black crescent moon
Flying across skies we can’t see

Or maybe even a sparrow
Rounded with too much food
Comically falling before flying
Like a silly fool would

Yet they all fly in the sky
With a grace to which we can’t compare
So if I wanted to see gracefulness I would watch the skies
For I know I would find it there

Copyright © 2014 by May Kwek

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Return to GBB for the Chinese New Year

Return to GBB for the Chinese New Year

By May Kwek

We went to Gardens by the Bay again
Since Chinese New Year had come around
We found horses everywhere
That made not a sound

They were made of wood
And galloped across imaginary plains
Silent, purposeful but still
Even if you laid to them a cane

Then there was the flower dome
Alas where was its former glory?
Instead of flowers was a sea of green
Repentance for their Christmas folly

But the new playground is fun
With water hoses and all
But I am much too old
For the games that I saw

So you could certainly say
My excitement has dimmed a bit
Especially when the flower dome
Has more green than flowers in it!

But they still made me laugh
Because don’t you see?
Judging from the ears
Some of the horses were donkeys

Copyright © 2014 by May Kwek


Friday, January 17, 2014

The ‘A’ levels and after

The ‘A’ levels and after

By May Kwek

It’s over at last!
Pure relief
Ok I am two months late
But the last year you won’t believe

Studying everyday
Morning noon and night
Taking breaks only
To eat and sleep at night

And yet during those breaks
There was a dog barking in my ear
‘A’ levels! ‘A’ levels!
Like a shadow ever near

I couldn’t feel happy
When the last exam ended
Just relief that it was all over
Exactly as intended

Yet I still dream at night
That the ordeal isn’t over
That I missed an exam
But it ended in November!

Or that worse
I got my results back
And instead of As like I hoped
Are Cs edged in black!

Or even better
They start out as As
Then change to Bs and Cs before my eyes
That would be an awful day

So yes the ‘A’ levels are over
But I guess they haven’t completely left my mind
Fingers crossed I would dream no more
Till I know my results are fine!

Copyright © 2014 by May Kwek

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Why Christmas

Hey everyone, I am back! A'levels are over and I can write again. So here's a Christmas poem for you all. Merry Christmas everyone! And a Happy New Year!

Why Christmas

By May Kwek

You and I weren’t there
On that first Christmas night
We heard no song, no baby’s cry
Didn’t even see the star’s light

Yet we celebrate Christmas
So many years later
About two thousand years
If I correctly remember

Why? We may well ask
It was so long ago
Why celebrate something
And celebrate so much so?

“Presents”
The youngest of us would say
And Santa Claus and Rudolph
In their merry sled

“Family”
The more elder of us would reply
To meet again with our loved ones
To chat beyond more than “Hi”

“Food”
I can almost hear
My more mischievous friends saying
Then secretly shaking their heads saying it’s fattening

But why? Truly why?
Christmas was always so much more
Presents, food and family
That can’t be all

I think it is the same reason
The angels sang that night
And three kings came visiting
Following the star light

It was because unseen by most
Asleep in the hay
God made into man
Our saviour lay

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Copyright © 2013 by May Kwek