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john tiong chunghoo

Rookie - 906 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

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Thank you for visiting this page. John is known more as a haiku poet though he is as passionate in writing other forms of poetry and equally good at them. His poems have been used by universities, colleges and schools in various parts of the world. Some have also been used for the internationally recognised GCE and the American International Baccalaureate Diploma examinations.

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  • ''the power of words - they can take you anywhere you can imagine.''
    JOHN TIONG CHUNGHOO
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  • Rookie Amir Mohammad Islami Chalandar (6/6/2014 7:43:00 AM)

    excellent poems. you are great in explaining your feels. i invite you to read my poem

  • Rookie Khoirun Niam (2/21/2010 11:00:00 AM)

    a nice poem john, love to see you, hope sometimes we could talk about that poem, bravo

  • Rookie - 0 Points p.a. noushad (1/16/2010 4:59:00 AM)

    nice poems, they inspire me much

  • Rookie Olga Neagu (8/19/2009 3:21:00 PM)

    beautiful poem, John...I becam member here only for reading your verses...good, now I look for the haiku

  • Veteran Poet - 4,763 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (11/20/2008 6:18:00 PM)

    Wonderfully enlightening poetry portraying many different aspects of life, A real joy to read and be inspired by.Thank you.

  • Rookie Sílvia Oliveira (4/26/2008 6:03:00 AM)

    john, i´ll read more of your works, I really deserve it! you´re excellent!
    that part of blood means that I´m a woman at first place, but it may also mean a metaphor in terms of that biblical passage when Jesus had ben sweating blood under the Oliver Tree Mount... It´s can represent the pain felt by the humanity.
    Thanks for commenting! Warmly, Sílvia

  • Rookie Sílvia Oliveira (1/18/2008 6:36:00 AM)

    john, I simply loved this poem of yours! congratulations on all of them, but when it comes to be a poem that includes the full moon...it´s the most inspiring thing to me, ever!

  • Rookie Mo. (6/2/2007 1:30:00 PM)

    ''Keep On! ! ''

  • Rookie Stewart Mckenzie (5/3/2005 6:59:00 PM)

    Not rubbish - modern physics, see for example 'The Elegant Universe' by Brian Greene. The time of a traveler moving at the speed of light relative to you is stopped according to your watch, just as your time is to the traveler. This is Einstein's special theory of relativity. Photons are sub-atomic “entities” that convey light. They have the extraordinary property of always traveling at the same speed no matter where they are coming from, from where they are observed, or how fast, or in what direction the observer is traveling. Since light travels at the speed of light relative to anything, everything, there is no time in the realm of light (also it is by no means clear that light is bound by the laws of space, see the new work on entangled photons that appear to communicate instantaneously no matter how far apart) . Strange but true. The eight odd seconds that light takes to reach you from the sun is your time, not light's. As a poet I recommend that you read the new cosmology, it is very strange but very beautiful.

  • Rookie Stewart Mckenzie (3/28/2005 2:29:00 PM)

    A Buddhist monk was once asked if art could be a path to enlightenment. He answered that it was a good way to start but the danger was that one became attached to one's creations.

    I send you to renderings of D. T. Suzuki's translations of Kaku-an's poems for the first and eighth oxherding pictures.

    Searching For The Ox (first oxherding picture)
    Kaku-an Shi-en
    Sung Dynasty China ca.1300 AD

    Alone in the wild
    Lost in the forest
    The boy searches searches
    The flooding streams
    The distant mountains
    The endless path
    Exhausted
    In despair
    Nowhere to go
    At dusk he hears only cicadas
    Buzzing in the maple woods

    From a translation by D. T. Suzuki

    Ox and Man Vanish (eighth oxherding picture)
    Kaku-an Shi-en
    Sung Dynasty China ca.1300 AD

    Nothing there
    No whip - no rope - no man - no ox
    Who can tell the size of the sky?
    No snowflakes fall above the fire
    When all this is so
    The ancient Mind appears

    From a translation by D. T. Suzuki

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