john tiong chunghoo

Freshman - 1,288 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

A Child's Amaze

amaze, cold amazement
those faces i saw as a child
those faces that can still trap
me between the lines of their
scowls with mere recollections

those cold cold faces that seemed
to have come out of er somewhere
a torture chamber? a lonely prison?
disappointment land?

i did not know hell, too young to know
wonder who first coined cold as hell
could hell be cold anyway?

well then i did not know
much about fridge either
in backward borneo 40 years back
the coldness of people's faces
racked the mind and dissettled
a budding heart mored used to
cajoles and warm embraces

i still see men with
cold cold faces, demeanor
hell, ice, fridge have become
overused, redundant words
to describe such poor souls

i picture them as homo sapiens
who carry an arctic with them
and wonder how they could make
friends and warm them up
cold cold people with cold cold faces
who could cut deeper to the bone
than ice and snow

inspired by

A Child's Amaze
SILENT and amazed, even when a little boy,
I remember I heard the preacher every Sunday put God in his
As contending against some being or influence.
Walt Whitman

Submitted: Friday, April 29, 2005
Edited: Sunday, January 14, 2007

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  • Rookie Onida (12/24/2006 1:48:00 AM)

    wow! ! a great poem.description of man with cold cold demeanor was very true.liked it very much.
    Nida (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Esther Leclerc (6/4/2006 11:54:00 AM)

    I get the message here; I think the idea is good and (please don't take offense) would like to see this poem rewritten in parts.. But not this:

    now i still see man with cold cold faces, demeanor
    but hell, ice, fridge have become overused, redundant words
    to describe such poor souls

    You are right about those words, those poor souls... (Report) Reply

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