Henry Tong

Bronze Star - 2,980 Points (2001 / Beijing, China)

Writing In The Smog, A Sonnet - Poem by Henry Tong

Dawn unveils dazzling brilliance in a glance,
As surging afflatus bypass my hand;
How short for me to seize glowing sunrise,
Against reincarnation of dark night?

Nameless shade, in bewilderment,impairs
My muffled stars, like phantom, disappears.
I weigh down the lightness, the smog enfolds;
It dulls out the brightness, which I behold.

Lift the mask, in this false masquerade;
Life is but in blue smog the smogless grace.
Which minds akin would meet lofty face,
Have 'tis voyage-stainèd in hasty pace.

Who frees himself from lies must bear the whine,
As the nation grows grace in smog with guise.

Topic(s) of this poem: desire, environment, life, society, survival

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Smog in Beijing has been known by the world for years. As a residence, I on one hand lament on the ineffective urban governance coordinance strategies of the gov't, but on the other hand bear patience to a metropolis in transforming economic structure. I am not writing this poem to accuse, but rather to reflect, on how society and urban development influence a person's worldview in upbringing.

Comments about Writing In The Smog, A Sonnet by Henry Tong

  • (4/25/2018 1:17:00 PM)

    I also live in Beijing and experience pollution, but you penned smoke within a philosophical scope. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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