Happy Chinese New Year 2015

Wishing everybody a very Happy Chinese New Year 2015. On the second day of the new lunar calendar, I decided to write a haiku series in line with the new year theme.

The year 2014 was full of trials and tribulations, with floods, missing aeroplanes, planes shot down and etc. I hope the Year of the Goat will bring better times ahead for one and all.

Photo of red ixora flowers taken in Bentong on 20.02.2015, the second day of Chinese New Year 2015
Photo of red ixora flowers taken in Bentong on 20 February 2015

I.    Lunar New Year

Welcome, dear New Year

Year of the Goat; glad tidings

Hopes and dreams renewed

Photo of herbal tea plant taken in Bentong on 20.02.2015, the second day of Chinese New Year 2015
Photo of herbal tea plants taken in Bentong on the second day of Chinese New Year 2015

II.    Renewed hopes

Fresh optimism

For a better year ahead

Floods and tears, goodbye

Photo of bunch of bananas taken in Bentong on 20.02.2015, the second day of Chinese New Year 2015
Photo of bunch of bananas taken outside a house in Bentong on 20 February 2015

III.    Abundance

Challenging year, past

Aspiring for abundance

Sufficient for all

Wildflowers in Cameron Highlands. Photo taken during Chinese New Year 2012.
Wildflowers in Cameron Highlands. Photo taken during Chinese New Year 2012.

IV.    Opportunities

Heralding the new

Prospects for personal growth

And development

Photo of pineapple taken in Puchong on 15.02.2015
Photo of pineapple taken in Puchong on 15 February 2015

V.     Prosperity

Year of good fortune

Revived world economy

Turn it back around

River leading to Chamang Waterfall, a popular recreational area in Bentong, Pahang
River leading to Chamang Waterfall, a popular recreational area in Bentong, Pahang

VI.     Peace and harmony

Do not be derailed

By those who wish to shatter

Fragile harmony

Original haiku series by
Khor Hui Min
20 February 2015

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Imagine

This is the fifth poem in my social commentary series. The theme for this poem is unity in diversity. Prejudice and discrimination are concepts which should be relegated to history, as in the past. Let the future hold the promise for a better world, where people are not discriminated against because they are the minority, look different, have different beliefs, are of a different social status, and so on.

Imagine

Imagine
A world that does not
Look at one’s colour

Imagine
Communities without boundaries
Not limited by their prejudices

Imagine
That our strength lies in diversity
Not in discrimination against minority

Imagine
That one’s neighbours
Are friends and kindred spirits

Imagine
Humanity as one big family
Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers

Imagine
Tolerance as acceptance of differences
Embracing and unifying in harmony

Don’t try to classify people
According to one’s perception
Wouldn’t the world be a better place?

 

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
5 August 2014