john tiong chunghoo

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

Unesco Heritage Site Haiku - Great Barrier Reef, Australia - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

arching over the
great barrier reef
- a rainbow

signed in rocks
the living, dead and extinct
Great Barrier Reef

a rare encounter with
a protected turtle -
we struggle to smile (that is in the water)

Great Barrier Reef
between the dead and live corals
we talk about survival

Great Barrier Reef
the world is a chain of
linked species

Great Barrier Reef
the search for the cry
of the dugong

Great Barrier Reef
the dugong's
reverberating cry

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It contains the world's largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral,1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. It also holds great scientific interest as the habitat of species such as the dugong (‘sea cow') and the large green turtle, which are threatened with extinction.
- Unesco website

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 17, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, August 17, 2012

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