Gagak Parit (excerpt)for soprano and piano by Yii Kah Hoe by Kah Hoe YII published on 2019-10-02T01:58:59Z Gagak Parit (The Dead Crow), this poem was written by A Samad Said based on his observation of the state of Nature 25 years ago. Gagak Parit, 2015, revised 2019 Composer: Yii Kah Hoe Soprano: Ang Mei Foong Piano: Iau Jo Yee "Gagak Parit" for soprano and piano is inspired by a poem by A. Samad Said, “Gagak Parit”. The original version, "Forest Threnody" is for two sopranos and mixed choirs, written in 2015. The revised version in 2019 is for my friend, Ang Mei Foong, recorded in her CD album, Malaysian Art Songs. A. Samad Said's “Gagak Parit" written to address the issues of pollution and the ignorance that the society has been doing to the environment all this while. The persona projects his anger because some people are making money by cutting down timbers in the rainforest while others suffer. The persona brought up a very good question to the readers about the reasons why the environment go through such pain yet this country is abundant with resources. The persona also points out a message in this poem regarding the actions that should be taken by the public or concerned authorities, namely the politicians to plan the development so that environment can be preserved for the future generations and forever. -------------------------------- Gagak Parit © A. Samad Said, 1991 Dilihatnya gagak yang lara kini kejang di parit antara pejabat pos dan pangsapuri. Disaksinya cungapan seorang pesara, sawan seorang bayi di klinik sesak sepagi, semakin kurang dimengerti inti kemakmuran jasmani. . Kerana di sini hanya kawasan bersih bagi kehidupan cicitnya, dituntutnya usah dungu mencemari rimba yang tak akan dapat lagi subur menyegari buminya tanpa sedia bermaruah, beratus tahun, merancangnya. ----------------------------- The Dead Crow © Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1992 He saw a dead crow in a drain near the post office. He saw an old man gasping for air and a baby barely able to breathe in a crowded morning clinic. This land is so rich. Why should we suffer like this? . I want clean air for my grandchildren. I want the damned fools to leave the forest alone. I want the trees to grow, the rivers run free, and the earth covered with grass. Let the politicians plan how we may live with dignity, now and always.