john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 4,894 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Unesco Heritage Site Haiku - Butrint, Albania - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

the city preserved
- in mud

all its past mapped out -
in ruins

after so many years still
the Greek theatre

the boy says he loves
the greek things of the city

we walk through
a bazaar of influences

a bazaar of influences
screaming out from ruins

Poet's Notes about The Poem

inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city's development.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 6, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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