john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 5,804 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Haiku - The Sichuan Earthquake 2008

Poem by john tiong chunghoo

sichuan earthquake
the heartturning and chilling
aftershocks two days later

Sichuan Earthquake
the tremour in my heart
as they deliver the news

still they dig, and dig
the rubble of pain
and deaths

still they dig and dig
at the pain of
a million people

out of the rubble
to find another crushing him
all his family had died

digging the rubble
each discovery
a scream and a cry

Sichuan earthquake
the sole family survivor lives on
in a world of rubble

The Sichuan Earthquake 2008 struck two days after Mother's Day and could be felt as far as Bangkok., More than 20,000 lives were lost. One school lost all their children to the quake. The real heartchurning
quake came two days later when newspapers ran chilling pictures of mothers crying over their dead children.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 16, 2008

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 25, 2008