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A poem by Mohd Nasir Hashim

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Nobody ever says that

  this struggle is easy

Nobody dares say that

  it is perfect every time

For this struggle is

  an ongoing adventure

   and will bring out

     the best in you

If things go wrong

  ponder over it

Seek another way to

 overcome such


If you fall 

You stand up

Brush the dirt away

  and move with

   greater commitment

For the word

  IMPOSSIBLE is not in

    your dictionary


Let’s be realistic and do the impossible

      (Che Guevara)

For when you know

  your destination, your

   desires and your


You will never stop


And sweet success (will)

  come knocking 

    at your door of


So make this struggle

  more interesting and

    interact with it

Talk to it and laugh

   at it … and with it

I talk to my books

  (I am crazy)

I even scold them for

   confusing me

 (serve them right)

I tell them other books

  give better


  (shame on them)

But I never stop trying

So go beyond the

  given scope of your

   work and visualise

    the different

     expressions of the

      same thing

There is no such

  thing as failure but

    sheer added

     experiences and


So walk tall and this

  world will be the

   companion of your

    desires and

      wonderful dreams

– Mohd Nasir Hashim

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Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim received a PhD in international nutrition from Cornell University. He served as the first chairman of the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) for 23 years (1996-2019) and as the Selangor State Legislative Assembly member for Kota Damansara (2008-2013). These days, he enjoys writing poems, painting and playing the harmonica
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