john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 5,708 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Five Realms - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

a realm where
existence is mere eyes
year after year only sights
in sky of no man's land

a realm where
existence is only ears
year after year only sounds,
stone shrouded, loud and dark

a realm where
existence is only taste
year after year a sea
leaping into a crevice of tongues
sharp, bloodred and flipping like snake's

a realm where
existence is only touch
year after year of a roaring
wind passing through haunting plains

a realm where
existence is mere smell
year after year of fragrance
wafting, through a million
fibriletting nostrils of blooms

contented until
the realm of desire
strikes that results in all five
carvorting to each other
for a taste of a wider world
where each would merge
with the other to party on mother earth
with God, devils, angels

the only realm where
all other realms converge
till they are recalled home
to the five separate self contained
realms see, hear, taste, touch, and
smell in a world of enlightenment


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 23, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 11, 2011


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