john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 5,025 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Flyng At Night - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

five billion years away
a planet turns,
turning a million years
this side of the planet
and my heart beats
each beats
a million years
the other side of another planet
the distance that shortens
the years
as we watch a foreign body
five billion years away
a billion years passed
a universe caught in time
an eagle flaps its wing
each flag
a million years pass
that side of the planet
time is where you are
it walks away from you
as you walk away from it

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Flying at Night
Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
back into the little system of his care.
All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
tug with bright streets at lonely lights like his.
Ted Kooser

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  • (7/14/2005 11:02:00 AM)


    Two good poems, John. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 14, 2005



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