April 13, 2021
Poems

Where are they gone now?

C. Van Lian Tu
20 November 2020

Those songs say, “The green hills of Chinland…”
“Colourful flowers making her beauty so grand…”
But where are they gone now?

Grandpa told us about rivers where fish abound,
Trips of fishing – ngaihringdawi, parathlei and ngafuan riah.
But where are they gone now?

We brag about great hornbills and mythun called Sia
Loyalty, honesty and brotherhood betwixt tribes found
But where are they gone now?

These words – tupi, hmawng and mang – for deep forests
Pine trees, cherries, rhododendrons and bushes full of nests
But where are they gone now.

Doors unlocked, rice unattended and animals unfettered
Ancestors said of no robbery and thievery nor pillage
But where are they gone now?

They fended off invaders and fought against foreign forces
With sticks, axes and stones in unity, no betrayal in voices
But where are they gone now?#

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