john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Just One Poem For Posterity

a historic poem dances
its way into our heart
word and rhyme in tow
and keeps reading itself
to us like a hynoptist
it goes so well with our
our natural rhythm it
becomes a part of us
like a child, a friend,
we involuntarily
dance to its beat
in the heart
in the feet
lighting up the day
and the way we walk

the brain breathes
in a fresh new space

the world gets
a new coat for us to
swing to its music
and magic

it's a mona lisa
smiling to us
for more than
1,000 years
getting herself
and us tired
and not a wrinkle older

a good poem stays
in the heart ever ready
to spring forward
to humour
and entertain

rewritten from

if a name is what you seek
you need just one poem
for posterity to care
come look for you
day and night
but it has to be one
that walks pass us
like a mona lisa
turning each head
giving each life
a new meaning and
a new space to ponder
about beauty, art and their life
and why such a little piece
of work would flip their mind over
to let them see the world in
a completely new way
a historic poem is a poem
that allows the brain to breathe anew
the world given a fresh new coat
for us to fall in love with it again
a mona lisa smiling for more
than 2,000 years
without getting
herself and us

Submitted: Saturday, June 08, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 01, 2013

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