To Tigerland

The lallangs leer at the breed of mosquitoes,

The parangs rust in their sheaths.

There the wood-smoke has turned to dust,

There the children make their wreaths.

 

Seek a solid beginning;

The past scares only the meek.

Squint at the seeming sane,

The world has a rugged tint.

Pretty rants and resolutions are the coward’s bane.

Don’t you see?

The rainbow brings the sun.

The lane-trees are green and the jungles don’t carry a gun.

There music slows the flying birds;

There the Hajis sermon their herds.

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