john tiong chunghoo

Silver Star - 4,419 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Visit Malaysia Year Haiku - Pulau Tikus Coast (Langkawi Geopark) - Poem by john tiong chunghoo


our meeting
a tiny fraction of its time
Pulau Tikus shell fossils

little poem-

Pulau Tikus
two feet from me
the shell fossils
a distance of
500 million years
between us
the bland echo of my
excited laughter
to stamp the time frame


a tiny fraction
of its time i am
Pulau Tikus shell fossils

500 million year old fossils
add a few minutes to their its life
me too

a mere foot away
but 500 million years
from each other

echos of our laughter
from 500 million year old shells
Pulau Tikus

in the midst of our excitement
the quietness of 550 million years
Pulau Tikus Geo Park

Langkawi island with 99 islands was declared a geopark in June.
The island chain is said to be more than 500 million years old and is the earliest landmark of Malaysia. In some of the cliffs, one can see shell fossils that showed sea anemones and diverse lives millions of years back. As we got excited with laughters at the cliffs, they return to us a 550 million year old echo.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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