Treasure Island

john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Visit Malaysia Year Haiku - Pulau Tikus Coast (Langkawi GeoPark)


our meeting
a tiny fraction of its time
Pulau Tikus shell fossils

little poem-

Pulau Tikus
two feet from me
the shell fossils
a distance of
500 million years
between us
the bland echo of my
excited laughter
to stamp the time frame


a tiny fraction
of its time i am
Pulau Tikus shell fossils

500 million year old fossils
add a few minutes to their its life
me too

a mere foot away
but 500 million years
from each other

echos of our laughter
from 500 million year old shells
Pulau Tikus

in the midst of our excitement
the quietness of 550 million years
Pulau Tikus Geo Park

Langkawi island with 99 islands was declared a geopark in June.
The island chain is said to be more than 500 million years old and is the earliest landmark of Malaysia. In some of the cliffs, one can see shell fossils that showed sea anemones and diverse lives millions of years back. As we got excited with laughters at the cliffs, they return to us a 550 million year old echo.

Submitted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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