john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Visit Malaysia Year Haiku - Agnes Keith House, Sandakan (State of Sabah, North Borneo)


Agnes Keith House
the beauty of a life
the house she leaves behind

Agnes Keith House
the beauty of her words
echo round the house

scattered around
Agnes Keith House
the beauty of her words

Agnes Keith House
echoing in all corners
their spirit and life of the dead

Agnes Keith House
between me and my shadow
the realm of the third (unseen) tenant

Agnes Keith House
a house on the hill and a bed
in the middle of the bedroom

Agnes Jones Goodwillie Newton Keith (4 July 1901 – 30 March 1982) was an American author best known for her three autobiographical accounts of life in North Borneo (now Sabah) before, during, and after the Second World War. The second of these, Three Came Home, tells of her time in Japanese POW and civilian internee camps in North Borneo and Sarawak, and was made into a film in 1950. She published seven books in all. (courtesy of Wikipedia) .

Agnes' House in Sandakan is now a tourist destination for anybody coming to town, the starting point of the infamous death march inflicted upon many Australian POWs when they were forced to walk to Ranau some 300 km away.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Edited: Sunday, June 20, 2010
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