john tiong chunghoo

Bronze Star - 2,564 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

A Black Screen - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

he hung a screen at
the back of his mind
and prayed to the Divinity
to give him a show
of His world

there was no image,

no sign, nothing, total
silence, just one whte screen
which he could not even
hold up for too long

he prayed again and
asked Divinity again to
show him at least a little
part of his world

no answer, total whiteness

an angel took pity and told him
'well if you want to see something
use a black screen not white'

and he visualised a blackscreen
in the light of his mind
it soon came to life with
a three dimensional darkness
that seemed to breathe with a
consciousness that bewildered him

the darkness grew and grew
with an earnestness so that it
took over the space of his own mind

he found himself submerged
in a boundless consciusness; a
darkness that breathes sacredness,
holiness, boundless knowledge,
and the question: 'why would
you want to know? '

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 4, 2009

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 4, 2009


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