john tiong chunghoo

Gold Star - 4,867 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Unesco Heritage Site Haiku - Rabat, Morocco - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

Rabat Morocco
holding strongly to a past
the new town

Rabat Morocco
the past tames the present
royal palace and pleasure garden

Rabat Morocco
glimmering sunset - the muezzin's
call to prayers

Rabat Morocco
healing...the dusklight infused
muezzin's prayer

Rabat Morocco
standing on the strong foundation
of a glorious past

Topic(s) of this poem: art

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Rabat is both a modern city and a site of incredible historic significance. The older parts of the town, which date back to the 12th century, include a mosque constructed in 1184, along with the remains of a Moorish settlement, while the newer parts are home to a pleasure garden and royal buildings. The speed at which the new town was constructed made it one of the most ambitious and modern urban projects built in Africa in the 20th century. - MSN

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 13, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, June 2, 2014

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