Treasure Island

john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

10,000 years for each earth citizen


the earth has enough years
to give every of its citizens
10,000 years or more
to live alone on the planet

and as many more years
left over for every animal to enjoy
the whole planet on its own

the earth is a kind old man
lost in arithmetics
with too many of its citizens
lost in impatience

they squeeze the earth
into a little time box
suffocate it with inventions
and willingly lead it
down the road of destructions

the earth has enough years
to give every of its citizens
10,000 years or more
to live alone on the planet

Submitted: Thursday, December 28, 2006
Edited: Friday, December 17, 2010

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  • Fred Babbin (12/7/2007 10:58:00 AM)

    Just a litle bit crude, but I read your biography and loved it. It is so poetic. (Report) Reply

  • Malini Kadir (6/1/2007 4:38:00 AM)

    we all have all the time on earth......if we would but realise it! John I loved this work
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  • Melvina Germain (4/9/2007 8:32:00 PM)

    Thought provoking to say the least, we should all slow down a bit and as Linda says smell the roses. Wonderful poem John---Melvina--- (Report) Reply

  • Ivan Donn Carswell (12/28/2006 1:45:00 PM)

    Is living alone a 'choice' - perhaps of necessity, or a rational decision? Interesting arithmetic, my guess is we have less than 10,000 years left. Sadly intropective John, and very thought provoking. (Report) Reply

  • Linda Ori (12/28/2006 10:50:00 AM)

    So take time to smell the roses! It seems everything is going faster and faster with each passing year. Maybe the earth has time, but man is on a tight schedule, and anxious to cram it all into a few years of existence, just in case our time is shorter than we think. Thought-provoking write, John.
    Linda (Report) Reply

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