Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The official student newspaper of Methodist Ladies' College, est. 2020

Eulogy for a Closing Window

They say language is a window,

Through which one’s culture is conferred.

As if ramrod grammar formed the frames

And the glass panes are built of words.


But the window my father passed down

Carries the sepia tone of age ;

The sounds someone uttered long ago

Written on a torn-out page.


The light can pass through no more,

The cracks soon widen and spread.

The world beyond seems a distant echo,

Its figures distorted and dead.


How I long to see that place again

Where generations have come and gone.

But when I return to my childhood home

I remain silent and withdrawn.


As I stand behind that barrier

I study each imperfection minute

And lament how I speak with foreign voices

But in my mother tongue I am mute.


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