john tiong chunghoo

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

Layer And Layer Of Dynamite - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

when teaching of peace
in religion is overtaken
by narrow minded bigotry

when religion fails to work
its primary function, to spread love
layer and layer of suspicion
and hatred start to grow
in the hearts of different faiths

they work like dynamite
and more destructive
than an atom bomb

when detonated, for years
the fires remain burning
invisible but ever ready
like embers to flay into
the worse of flames

the issue of race when
played out for political gains
hatred and suspicion
between the peoples
start to work like layer and layer
of dynamite in a bomb
ever ready to detonate,
burn, scar, and tear
down the basic foundation
of society

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 4, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 8, 2011

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