john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 4,628 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Unesco Heritage Site Haiku - Bethlehem, Palestine - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

so easy to imagine
christ and his feet
walking on the lanes

bethlehem
the echoes of his birth
never ever stopped

bethlehem
the breeze sweeps through us
like the night he was born

bethlehem
the stars spangled night
our awe

bethlehem
is there any place quieter
than here?


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Bethlehem isn't just the place where Christians believe Jesus was born: it's also home to some of the oldest religious buildings in the world, including Latin, Greek Orthodox, Franciscan and Armenian churches, monasteries and bell towers. As a result of all these factors it is a popular pilgrimage spot, although we have a sneaking suspicion that donkey is no longer the preferred form of transport for visitors.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2012


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