‘In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.’
Ours is a polarised age in which so many voices, both online and offline, can sometimes be so stridently self-assertive, so belligerently self-righteous (especially when discussing foreigners.) I think our civil discourse can afford to be, well, even more civil — kinder, gentler, more open to different perspectives. As someone very dear to me once remarked: ‘If you can’t be kind, be quiet.’ So here’s a little reflection, in the form of a twin cinema poem, which I hope can inspire deeper thought about the importance of alternative points of view as well as empathy for others.
Originally posted on the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/6788957003/posts/10159270571542004
Ow Yeong Wai Kit is an educator, editor, and writer in Singapore. He has edited poetry anthologies such as From Walden to Woodlands: An Anthology of Nature Poems (2015) and Love at the Gallery (2017), both published by Ethos Books. His writings have been featured in the Straits Times, TODAY, QLRS, poetry.sg, as well as other publications and journals like Interreligious Insight and Think Pieces: A Journal of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. He holds a Master’s degree from University College London, where he was awarded the John Oliver Hobbes Memorial Scholarship in Modern English.