john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 4,620 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Childhood Bee - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

yellow spotted black velvety bee
that came buzzing at the garden
which rages with bougainvellea
of pink, red, and vermillion red

a tree of sour sop
squirrels scoured here
up there, a lumpy dangling fruit
sported a loose crevice
that exhibited the farmer's sore
some red eyed birds
had carved for midday fare

at the mishmash of cabbage leaves
robins had hopped, looked at me
wondering i were friend or foe

neighbour, bent with her frond hat
and weather beaten clothes
worked without a sound

the yellow spotted bee's
buzz still as lively as it was then
and it still looks older - than me


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 19, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 19, 2006


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