The City Riding On Nature’s Back(bone)

Kuala Lumpur, at the confluence

Of two muddy rivers, turned drains

Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang.

As the rivers, the city’s a merger of

two age old civilisations, glorious,

that nurtured the culture, economy

of an adrift race’s peninsular roost.


Rivers flowing down concrete canals

Their waters carry the city’s refuse

Lost identity, no barges, boats afloat

Shady trees no more; weed clumps

clung onto by plastic bags, wrappers

Scrawny reptiles and foraging birds

Bridge-hid shores beggars’ home be

A pride of the city, you certainly not

City bosses blinded by ringgit notes

See you not as vibrant veins of life,

Coursing through the heart of a city

The pristine beauty at your source

Ripped bare of your thriving banks

Skeletal you now appear to city folks

A bubbly damsel turned an old hag.


The evil deed done to the two rivers

The city reaping now the bitter fruit

of a colourless life in sweltering heat

Hospitals, hotels and malls a shelter

in a city choking on traffic and haze.

The soul of Kuala Lumpur to restore

O rivers shall you rise to full majesty


By R. Sittamparam





Sittam Param

Writer, poet, dramatist and former journalist. I have passion for art in all its forms hence my involvement in this portal.

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