john tiong chunghoo

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

The Unseen World - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

the butterfly
leaves its cage
dried and brittle
to another world
of blooms, colours,
fragrance and nectar
the man passes away
leaves its cage
to another world
where this bundle
of cells and endowments
have no means to gauge
the dogs hear decibels
beyond mine
classify smell
beyond mine
the world i cannot see
is beyond me
but it is not that
it does not exist
the sound that i
cannot hear exists
and the dog
and the elephants
picks it up

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  • (10/20/2005 9:44:00 AM)

    This is well-expressed and I agree with your premise. Two small things, though, in the line 'the man passes away, leaves its cage' I would say 'leaves his cage.' And the last line of the poem, dropp the 's' from picks. Good work.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 20, 2005

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