Tuesdays at Ipster Cafe: We were just an airport

Nov 22, 2016 12.00PM |

by Joshua Ip

An old white guy called Bernie
Made some comments to the press
Without asking his attorney
Now he’s cleaning up the mess

“Look what we did for Singapore!
Before we came along
They were only an airport
That you flew to or flew from.”

Before that we were just
A fishing village in the sea –
So thank you for your business:
You can take back your Grand Prix.

F1’s been leaking viewers
Like a punctured fuel tank
200 million fewer
putting money in your bank

Attendance dropped 15 per cent
From ’15 to ’16
It seems the wheels are coming off
The Formula One machine

You called us the “crown jewel
When you wanted to move here
It doesn’t hurt that we accrued you
60 million a year

And now Malaysia’s had enough
Brazil has got cold feet
If you’re trying to bluff
You’re barking up a one-way street

If you liked your one night race, see,
you’re gonna have to pay
Or say bye to the 23
turns of Marina Bay

Too late now to backpedal, brake,
bail out the words you say
Or make the claim your “words were taken
In a funny way”

You could have maybe figured
That the nation feels the Bern
Well, the hiatus is triggered
Let‘s let Brunei have its turn!


Joshua Ip is a poet and founder of Sing Lit Station, a literary non-profit that organises Singapore Poetry Writing Month, Manuscript Bootcamp, poetry.sg and other activities to promote writing in Singapore.


Featured image by Natassya Siregar.

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