john tiong chunghoo

Bronze Star - 2,231 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Unesco Heritage Site Haiku - Lakes of Ounianga, Chad Poem by john tiong chunghoo


Qunianga
we drive from
lake to lake

Quniaga lake travel
loch ness comes in and out
of our conversation

Ounianga - the woman
decides to name children
kebir and Serir

Our lust - we opt for
the fish lakes first
then the algae

Submitted: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Topic of this poem: travel

Form: Haiku


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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The Sahara desert isn't known for its lakes, but the 18 interconnected lakes that have just been given Unesco status cover a total area of 62,808 hectares and have a maximum depth of 27 metres.

The stunning site comprises two groups of lakes 24 miles apart: the saline-based Ounianga Kebir lakes contain only algae and micro-organisms, while the freshwater Ounianga Serir lakes are home to a huge range of fish.

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