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This poem is historic in a rather unique way. It describes Edwin Thumboo’s ambivalent feelings towards changes in friendship once someone enters politics. The subject matter really concerns the private sacrifices of Singapore’s early politicians. The poem stresses the importance of staying focused on the things that keep one human even as one strives with the best of intentions to help other humans. It is both an argument and a plea and can enrich us with an understanding of the price of a political career.
This digital copy (c) National Library Board Singapore 2011. The original work (c) Edwin Thumboo, 1977.