Hmm this is really not a song that i learnt. I just remember my grandma told me about this old neighbor whom she lives near when they were living at the Singapore river.

This particular neighbor had ancestor that were officials in China. Then when they move to Singapore they set up a living being a Chinese medium, people goes to them whenever they have troubles in life and they will en quires the gods. though I do no really think that it is indeed called that they are working with.

However this neighbor in all her wisdom, likes to hold my aunt in her arms and teach her to sing this, which is an old song or poem that she learnt when she was a child. There was no title to it, so I decided to use her opening phase to be the title.

Title: 船头一只鸟 (The bird at the boat’s bow)
船头一只鸟,
头又黑尾又红
听君讲,别笑人
人没千日好,
花没百日红

At the front of the boat, there was a bird
It look funny, as its head is black but its tail is red
but I heard my teacher said, do not laugh at others
For man will not always be met with good fortunes
and the flowers will never remain red after a hundred days.

This is spoken in my native dialect Teochew, and i was trying to find an annotator to it, but am unable to. So if anyone of my readers can direct, I would hope to write the pinyin for that in my own native dialect. But you can see how she teaches everyone not to despise or look down on others.

What she said reminded me of a few words spoken by Jesus
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Lk 6:47-48)

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matt 7:4-5)

This little poem also teaches us that while we are enjoying the blessings, we should consider that not all good things last forever and not all misfortunes last forever.

Remember what Moses told the Israelites as they were about to enter the promise land
“Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land’; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you. It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Therefore understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people. (Deut 9:4-6)

Sometimes we feel that man only receive good things from God because of the righteous works he had done but it is not always true.

And when things are not doing find and we have examine that it is not a trial from God but a punishment, then we must quickly repent from our wrong ways and turn, for our God is aways ready to forgive us and take care of us.

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