john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 5,699 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Forever Is Composed Of Nows - A Second Is The Same As A Million Years - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

a room in all white
or a cave carved out of nothing
can be a sacred thing -
they can let you be forever -
here a second can be a million years
when you set your clock the other way
the needles chasing away the seconds,
the minutes, and the years
while you remain untimed; eyes closed
like the cosmos in its gleaming darkness
and glittering bliss, like a buddha
husking the nuts of enlightenment
to chew on the wealth of nothingness -
void in the mind, void in the thought,
void in existence -there is nothing to
measure the space of thought - -
you are forever the world revolves
the needles of the clock
run around you -chasing away
the minutes, the seconds
framing you up as forever -
when you can close and open your eyes
and say it's a second, it's a million years
it's a trillion years -there is
no gap between them

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a room in all white
or a cave carved out of nothing
can be a sacred thing -
they can let you be forever -
here a second can be a million years
where you set your clock the other way
the needles chasing away the seconds,
the minutes, and the years
while you remain untimed; eyes closed
like the cosmos in its gleaming darkness
and glittering bliss, like a buddha
husking the nuts of enlightenment
to chew on the wealth of nothingness -
void in the mind, void in the thought,
void in existence -there is nothing to
measure the space of thought - -
you are forever the world revolves
the needles of the clock
run around you -chasing away
the minutes, the seconds
framing you up as 'forever' -
you can close and open your eyes
anytime and say it's a second, it's a million years
it's a trillion years -there is
no gap between them

Topic(s) of this poem: time

Form: Verse


Comments about Forever Is Composed Of Nows - A Second Is The Same As A Million Years by john tiong chunghoo

  • (1/14/2018 10:40:00 AM)

    hmmm long chronicles of time../ thanks (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 7, 2018


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