It was a place remote, a rural scene;
A few attap houses amidst the trees;
A murky stream infused with things unclean,
Passing by some orchards and cemeteries.
This was the place where I was born and raised,
It was a humble place in which to stay,
Of which my memories can’t be erased,
Though now I am quite old, so frail and grey.
So much has changed; it’s no longer the same.
Name changed to Rawang Road from Caunter Hall;
Now Jalan P. Ramlee is its new name;
Our kampung boy was he, well-known to all.
I’d looked forward, emerging from the womb;
I look backwards, on my way to the tomb.
By Cheah Sin Chye, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Illustration by Cheah Sin Chye