Could Be For ” Something”


Being a day of tedium
chasing through
for requirements
in the immigration
for long time visas.

Last renewal was
not so tiring.
The regulations have
changed. The officials
turn unfriendly, resent
direct applicants, insist
to come through agents.

The application is simple,
easy to fill, the conditions
do not pose tough.
Any one with education
can easily fulfill.

Early birds catch the prey.
The agents gather at 7a.m
obtain majority of tickets
from the counter make quick bugs
by selling to late comers

Ignorant of all these dealings
I go early, procure the ticket ,
sit for four and half hours
for my turn. Finally
I am called.

The officer scrolls up and down,
adjusts his glasses, reads word by word,
looks at me, scans my passport, fixed deposits
goes through the medical report,
for half an hour.

Finding nothing amiss. whispers
to his colleague in bahasa Meleyu
stamps with half mind. Asks me to
come after fourteen working days
to collect the visa.

Dozens of applications filed by
the agents go through very fast.
The officers pay special attention.
Talk with a smile writ large in the face.
Could be for “something” I infer.

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