john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 5,084 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Reading Poetry On The Web - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

i wade through rivers
of diamonds, rubies,
plain rocks and stones
that criss cross the world
picking up gems
poetry on the web
i wade through rivers
to get to international souls
sacred rivers of all kinds
ganges, indus, nile, mekong
chao phraya
filled with stones
heads of all kinds,
round, flat, sharp,
black, white, green,
brown, yellow, big and small,
sand, silt, gravel,
between them when lucky
precious gems turn up to greet me
fishes help spread the magic
liven up nooks and corners
some sprint, some plain swim
among these, the best rivers
are crystal clear,
a dazzling picture of sky, heaven
taking the breath of god
as they whisper a poetic tale
immediately marked in gold by the morning sun

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  • (11/28/2005 3:20:00 AM)

    good work on imagery and metaphor.......among these are the rivers crystal clear......wading through rivers of thoughts and words......which sometimes reveals a gem. also it has a smoothness to it, a gliding quality as one who would ford a river, delicately and with consideration of each step (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 28, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, November 28, 2005

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