Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What I am thankful for this Christmas



What I am thankful for this Christmas

By May Kwek

Christmas is once again here
The time of giving and the time of cheer
But most of all it is the time
To be thankful for the blessings this year

I have so much to be thankful for
I know not where to start
Thankful I can see and feel
Thankful for each beat of my heart

For the family and friends
Their love and their care
For the times we’ve spent together
The memories that we share

Thankful for opportunities
The laughter and the tears
Thankful for God’s grace
When alone and in fear

Thankful that I am able to give
That I have plenty on my side
Thankful for the chance
To show love and do right

To learn and to grow
Each and every day
Thankful for the kindness
Received in every way

But most of all I am thankful
That if everything that was given was gone
I would be received at heaven’s door
Because my Saviour was born

Merry Christmas everyone!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Monday, December 10, 2012

Immanuel's Star


Immanuel's Star

By May Kwek

The night was cold and dark
The shepherds drew lambs to their hearts
Across the valleys and hills a cool wind blew
Drawing the grass apart

Huddling by the fire
A shepherd sang a song
Poking a crackling fire
Ready for the night so long

 Then a bright light
Caught his dazzled eyes
And he turned them heavenward
Towards the star studded sky

And behold there was a star
Shinning in the night
Eclipsing all others
With its beauty and light

It drew and beckoned
And suddenly the heavens burst open
The air was filled with angel songs
And by the star’s light the shepherds were drawn

Towards a little village
Of seemingly no importance
Worn down with age
Completely impassioned

The atmosphere was joyful
Yet apprehensive as they drew nearer
To a newly born child
Asleep in the manger

His hands shaking slightly
The shepherd touched the child
He stirred and looked up
And a miracle he smiled!

Then a while later
The shepherd was back at his fire
Gazing up at the star
His heart felt warmer

And he watched never knowing
That it was the first Christmas night
And the star shinning so brightly
Was the Saviour’s heralding light

Merry Christmas everyone!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Round the walls of Jericho


Round the walls of Jericho

By May Kwek

I don’t understand why we are doing this
I am warrior, we are trained to fight
But Joshua has us marching round this wall
Ever since first light

Shouldn't we storm the city?
Look the people jeer from the walls!
Anger courses through me
Do they think we are that small?

Shall we not fight back?
What will this walking do?
In absolute silence we march
And waiting for God too

Six days he said we will march
And on the seventh blow our horns
Though I remember he gave water in deserts parched
What good is blowing a horn?

No, this doesn't make sense
I try to tell Joshua so
But he told me to march on
On the Lord’s word we will go

Days pass and the seventh is here
I carefully raise my horn
Together we blow loudly
The loudest since we were born

The next second feels
Like a sound from hell
I feel a rumble and turn around
Oh my God! The wall fell!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Reflections on reading A Picture of Dorian Gray


Reflections on reading A Picture of Dorian Gray

By May Kwek

Good Lord human depravity!
Sown in the Garden of Eden
Human hands and cruelty
The worst scream I’ve ever listened

Murder and selfishness
Lost in carnal delights
The corruption of souls and innocence
Blotted out like a candle at night

How can the pure and good?
Be lost in the waves of sin?
In the midst of depravity
No one knows how blind they’ve been

Consumed with one’s self
Till it’s an empty shell
Wallowing in selfish pleasures
Unaware it’s the herald of hell

Oh let the watchers watch!
And the listeners listen!
Mind the tale!
The story that was written

Fall not into the trap
Of the easy way to hell
The soul is a precious thing
Pray! Keep it well!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

For a link to the plot of A Picture of Dorian Gray please go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Picture_of_Dorian_Gray

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The worry thief


The worry thief

By May Kwek

When we were there
By the autumn sea
Watching the wind
The tide, the sea

Watching the sunset
 On the sandy bay
Wondering at the future
Of another day

Looking at the clouds
 Through unseeing eyes
Hearing the birds
As they flew up high

We thought we were enjoying
The ocean and the waves
But our minds were really
In deep miserable caves

So while we were there
With the land and sea
We did not see anything
You and me

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Letter to a sick friend


Letter to a sick friend

By May Kwek

My dear, dear friend
I am sorry to hear of your illness
And just as sorry I cannot come
To lighten up your day and to bring you some

Distraction from the pain
Which I know must be great
But events kept me away
And I couldn’t wait

So I thought to send a smile
In this poem
It has taken a while
But I hope you can listen

Yes listen, can you hear the wind?
The birds chirping and the life within
Can you hear the children playing with their ball?
Like we did once before

 Look out the window
Glaze at the sky
Once you are better
We can fly

And do all the things we wished to do
And then I will be back with you
Look at the sky and remember my promise
When you are better we shall do this!

Stretch out your hand to the open window
And feel the wind between your fingers
And the warm of the summer sun shinning
I bet that now you are smiling

There! You see I have send you a smile
I had to get nature to do it so it took a while
Smile! Laugh and get better!
And I will come visit sooner

Get well my friend!
I will see you soon
Wait for me!
I’ll be there soon!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Silence


Silence

By May Kwek

Silence, the quiet, the peaceful, the still
Quietly watching and watching until
The time comes for it to act
Silence is what so many things lack

There is silence in the night
And silence in the day
There’s silence in the bird’s flight
Come what may

There is silence in the stream
Rippling through it may seem
But it causes silence in the soul
A quiet, peaceful, contented glow

There’s silence in the sky
And a kind of blessed peace
Silence in beauty
From the greatest to the least

Silence in the air
Even in a bird’s call
There is silence in everything
The great and the small

Silence isn't cold
Isn't lonely either
It is something magical
That no man can measure

It is a time
A place, a where
A moment to savor
What the world shares

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Trying to forget


 Trying to forget

By May Kwek

The exam’s tomorrow
And as usual I am nervous to bits
I fidget, I moan, I try to forget
And finally I find a way to relax

Listening to music
Watching a movie or two
Writing my stories
Reading about God knows who

Doing a crossword
Writing a poem
Solving a puzzle
Pretending to be solemn

I do all these things and more
And though I said it is to relax
I can’t help but wonder
If I am trying to forget

Forget! Forget! Why think of it now?
Will it solve my why and my how?
Forget! Forget! I will think of it not
No I won’t it is forgot!

I will not think of it
I will listen to music now
I will forget
The time’s not right now

So yes it seems
I am trying to forget
Oh let it work!
The hours I will not regret!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Will You Trust Me?


Will You Trust Me?

By May Kwek

Sometimes life makes me want to shout
Everything becomes clouded in a fog of doubt
I cry out and say I want out
And turn and ask God what’s all this about

“Am I wrong?” he would demand
“To put you in such a place?
Can you question me?
Who created all in the first place?”

I know I cannot answer
Job said the same long ago
Yet looking all around me
I wonder why this is so

Then a quiet voice
In a gentler tone
Asks “Do you trust me?”
“Is it you can’t or you won’t?”

I looked up but can’t reply
I am afraid of what I’ll say
But I needn’t have answered
He continued anyway

“I am the Alpha and the Omega
The beginning and the end
All things were created through me
And you are in my hands”

“The Sun rises at my bidding
But it is you that I love
So don’t be afraid in the darkness
Be secure in my love”

“I try!” I cry
“But it is harder than you say
The road stretches out before me
And I do not know the way”

Then there was a silence
An awful long one still
And he suddenly spoke
As my spirit began to wilt

“The question is my child” he said
“What will you be?
Continue to be tortured by yourself
Or will you trust me?”

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dawn’s song


Dawn’s song

By May Kwek

Moon guardian I take your place
The morning approaches
It is time for me to sing my song
As the time marches

Night, night, hear my name
You know what to do, every day’s the same
Depart and with you take the stars
Quickly! The time passes fast!

Now gentle clouds with sunset blooms
Be quickly spun from heavenly looms
Dance across the fiery sky
Behind which sleeping stars lie!

Quiet ocean wake from your sleep
And let dolphins from your surface leap!
Let quick fishes in your waters dart
And feel the ocean’s beating heart

Quiet wind it is time to dance
Faster than a thrusting lance
Wake the flowers of the fields and the birds in the trees
Rise quickly morning breeze!

Now to wake the very last one
Turn Earth! Turn! To the rising sun!
Let the world hear dawn sing!
And jointly welcome the morning!

There now my song is done
I give my place to the sun
And while I slumber let my song linger on
And fill the souls with the peace of morn

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Do not worry


Do not worry

By May Kwek

That which time has yet to show
Had best be left well alone
Because when it is time to know
Only then would it be known

The little seed does not dream
Of what tomorrow’s rain might bring
It simply waits it does not think
It just hopes for the coming spring

A happy fish in the ocean
Lives only in the now
And because it does not worry
Until the end it can smile

The birds soaring in the sky
Know not where they might fly
Nor what will allow them to feed
But God always fulfil their needs

As he said we are worth more than sparrows
As he has told me many a time
So trust in him and do not worry
For everything will be fine

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Friday, August 31, 2012

Happy Teacher’s Day


Happy Teacher’s Day

By May Kwek

I have had many teachers
But this poem is only about one
Someone very special
The best teacher I could want!

She was always there when I was down
And ready to cheer me up
And when in work I was threatened to drown
She gave me extra help

She never put herself first
At least not during lesson time
And when we were silly
She said she didn’t mind

She believed in me and helped me be
What I am today
So dear teacher I would just like to say
Happy Teacher’s Day!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Morning Light

Morning Light

By May Kwek

Oh the gentle morning light
Shine on this world and make it bright!
Oh let dawn with its gentle blush
Light up the world in a quick rush!

Let the colours red and gold
Colour the summer flowers
Let the cool ocean blue
Light the sea’s ivory towers

Let the green colour the fields
And the white colour the day
Let the dawn colour all life
Wherever it is they lay!

Oh let the morning light shine
Each and every day!
Let its colours freshness and dew
Last throughout the day!

The cool morning breeze
The gentleness of first light
The whispers of the tree
And birds at first flight

Let the morning last, let the morning last
Through the afternoon and into the night
Until the blush of dawn
Again signals first light!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fighting lions


Fighting lions

By May Kwek

I once knew a man
Who everywhere he went
Had beside him a lion
Who was not his friend

When he wanted to do something
The lion would stop him
And when he tried to run
It would always chase him

He grew very tired
Of being thus ordered around
But no easy respite
In his world could be found

It was either being ordered
Or standing up to fight
Because the lion
Was actually his fright

His fear made true
And given flesh and blood
It always carried through
And put my friend in the mud

But one day my friend could take it no more
And frightened though he was
He stood up and fought the lion
And taught him that he was the law

The fight was long and hard
And he often wanted to run
But yet to give up and fear again
Was simply a can’t

Then amazingly he won
And the lion was very still
Then oddly enough grew smaller
But only a little still

Yet every time they fought
My friend found it easier
And every time he won
The lion grew still smaller

Till one day after another fight
The lion lost once more
And he shrunk until
He could be seen no more

And now my friend is quite free
To do as he likes
For fear no longer rules him
And neither does his fright

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Friday, August 10, 2012

Let the sun shine!


Let the sun shine!

By May Kwek

Oh let the sun shine!
Oh let the sun shine!
Though it may be night now
Let the sun shine!

Let the sun chase the darkness away!
For I have always loved the day
Let the night quickly end!
Let the sun shine my friends!

Let us see the flowers
The birds and the sky
Let us see the clouds
And the mountains oh so high

Oh let this night not last
For I dearly love the light
Let it quickly pass
Till the dawn’s first light

For the night is dark and strange
And with it comes our fears
So let it go away
And the day quickly come near!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, August 5, 2012

An old Joke

An old Joke

By May Kwek

Goodness gracious man! What happened to your face?
This is a really serious burn case!

Yes Doctor, it hurts so
This is the worst accident I’ve had you know

Well sit down and tell me how you got it
Don’t linger, tell me all about it!

I was sleeping Doctor when the phone rang
And very annoying was the song it sang
I stumbled out very tired
And instead of the phone picked up the iron

Ouch! That would explain your face
But how did you get burnt in that other place?

Well Doctor, I will cut the slack
And simply say the idiot called back

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Talking to nature


Talking to nature

By May Kwek

Hello wind, are you having a good day?
Why yes how nice to see you today!

It’s been a while old friend would you sing me a song?
Yes until the day and night grow long

Hello sun! Are you having fun?
You were always a funny child young one

I rather like it at least I can hear you
Yes and feel my warm rays too

Hello my dear trees how are the skies?
Bright blue and the clouds are shy

I would fix that but how are you?
With birds in their nest could I be blue?

I suppose not but flowers I do wish to see
Child, climb up and search me

Hello flowers! You’re so pretty and pink!
Yes I am so happy I could blink!

Blink? What do you mean?
I mean to open and close in a team!

Ah now the wind is calling me what does it say?
Child you should stay in for today

Why? The day is nice and hardly plain
Child breathe deep I bring rain

Oh dear then I must go. Would you wait for me?
I am the wind and shall be by the sea

Alright then goodbye my friends!
Goodbye child we shall see you again!

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Irritation

Irritation

By May Kwek

The world’s a funny funny place
Well, yes in a way

The world’s a funny funny place
You said that yesterday

The world’s a funny funny place
Are you trying to be funny?

The world’s a funny funny place
An unlikely story

The world’s a funny funny place
Are you pretending to be sad?

The world’s a funny funny place
Does my expression make you glad?

The world’s a funny funny place
Is there any peace to be had?

The world’s a funny funny place
Ok that’s it! Stop that!

(Silence)
The world’s a funny funny place

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Discovery



A Discovery

By May Kwek

It was a usual hot and sunny day
But walking by the plants was always my way
So walking by a leafy patch
A bright orange I did catch

So I took a step back
And so found what made me glad!
A tawny coster sitting among the leaves
Time for a moment seemed to cease

Each gentle twitch
Each silent movement
Seemed lovelier than all I’ve seen
In my many lessons

Its bright orange shone
Like a blazing fire
And though it stayed still
It could rise higher

But it just stayed there
Snacking on a flower
And I quickly realized
That a photo was in my power

And so I took several
Happy for a time
With butterflies and the sun
Everything shines

And the photo above you see
Is the butterfly I found
And don’t you agree with me
That it’s a glad sight when you’re down?

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek
   

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

By May Kwek

Recently I visited
The Gardens by the Bay
And honestly I feel
That I like it better during the day

I have seen the super trees
With their spider web branches
And I have seen the baskets
For the picnic lunches

The heritage gardens are splendid
And its features are quite fine
There are so many flowers
That I kept some to call mine!

There are caves in holes
And walks among the trees
Also many others things
Which I have not yet seen

At night the super trees glow
With brightly coloured specks
With very interesting colours
And I don’t know what to expect

I have yet to visit the domes
But I am sure they will be fine
In fact from the pictures
They certainly seem to shine!

So maybe I will go again
If I can find the time
And get there before
The crowd leaves me behind

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, July 1, 2012

When words fail

When words fail

By May Kwek

It’s odd to have words
And be unable to speak
When you feel so much emotion
And there’s something you seek

But you can’t write and you can’t sing
You simply can’t express a thing
Because it just simply feels
Like you’re in a cart without the wheels

When words fail what should I do?
To my thoughts I want to remain true
And yet when words fail what can I say?
I need to find another way

To keep my words simple
And yet explain the profound
To sing a song
Without making a sound

It is hard to write
When my words fail
But if God helps me
Perhaps I still will

So when words fail
What should I do?
But to try again
Until I finally do?

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Wishing to see

Wishing to see

By May Kwek

There are things I have hardly seen
And most definitely have never been
But I really wish I would someday
If fate would put the chance my way

Such as the mountains
Majestic and tall
Against which even giants
Feel helpless and small

Or deep canyons and valleys
And shimmering waterfalls
I have perhaps seen a few
But I would like to see more

Maybe the wonders of space
In the dark night sky
And constellations I could trace
With just the gaze of my eyes

There so many things I wish to see
But I haven’t seen them yet
But until I do I will remember
That I want to and won’t forget

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Saturday, June 23, 2012

My 100th poem


My 100th poem

By May Kwek

Yes I have reached a hundred
And I have many more to go
But more can I write?
I really do not know

I have written about butterflies
And the deep blue sea
I have written of forests

I have talked about birds
And their beautiful songs
And I have talked about people

I have written about the stars
Dancing in the night
In the dark of the night

I have spoken about the clouds
I have written of hope

I have written so many things
What else should I write?
Perhaps I will find more inspiration
In the wind and tide

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Writing for a competition

Writing for a competition

By May Kwek

I don’t like competitions
They hinder my words
And when I exceed the limit
Cutting back rather hurts

I don’t care for the prizes
I don’t care for the fame
Known today not tomorrow
So everything’s the same

But it does give me the chance
To write something different
And get funny ideas
And to stop and listen

So I guess I should thank them
In some small way
For broadening my horizons
In a very odd way

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sounds of the night

Sounds of the night

By May Kwek

In the city day or night
There’ll always be sounds and bright lights
Because a city never sleeps
Except in darkness true and deep

On the roads a car horns
And trains run from night till morn
Occasionally you even hear a bird
Woken up by some dreadful hurt

Or there is the buzz of moving traffic
Which is never quietly static
Or maybe even a jet plane
Flying through the sky lanes

Perhaps the arguments of a couple
Upstairs causing a lot of trouble
Or downstairs where a stray cat
Has gotten a dog barking mad

No the sounds of the night
Are not crickets, frogs and the like
But the sounds of a city still alive
And buzzing like a noisy hive

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Sister’s puppy

My Sister’s puppy

By May Kwek

My sister’s puppy is very odd
Is does not talk, it does not walk
Instead it stares at her all day
And occasionally gets in her way

It makes no sound, it does not bark
It cares not for a singing lark
It does not care to chase a cat
And pays no attention to stick or bat

It does not eat, it does not drink
It wears a necktie like a ring
And is so unbelievably small
That it is of no consequence at all!

I have wanted to take it to the vet
But it is my sister’s and not my pet
Besides she finds it unbelievably strange
That I would bring her toy dog to the doctor’s lane

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Quotes

Quotes

By May Kwek

Quotes! How I adore them
The interesting words said by men
Some are funny, others witty
And some are absolutely silly

Others talk a lot of sense
About life and our friends
Others are words of advice
Telling us not to fall into vice

Surely they are as varied
As the talk we speak everyday
Yet there’s something about them
That makes them different in some way

Some seem poetic
 In a wistful dreamy way
Others plain and simple
And meant to be that way

But I love the funny ones best
Especially if they are true
Like Niels Bohr telling Einstein
“Don’t tell God what to do!”*

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek

*In reply to Einstein's famous remark, "God does not play dice," Niels Bohr apparently told him, "Einstein! Stop telling God what to do!"  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The best canvas

The best canvas

By May Kwek

I have never seen a canvas
As beautiful as the sky
With colours like a song
Among the clouds so high

At dawn and dusk it’s a rainbow
A mix of red, gold and green
With a special glow which makes it
Far too grand for a queen

At other times it’s blue
Like the ocean so deep
Sometimes it’s covered with clouds
Who are gathering to weep

At such times the skies are filled
With a powerful stormy grey
Blocking out the sun
And the blue ever so gay

I have never known a canvas
Which could elicit such emotions
Of happiness, content and fear
While changing its colourations

So don’t you think
That the sky is a marvellous thing?
Changing from red to blue to grey
In the time it takes to wink?

Copyright © 2012 by May Kwek