Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Comet

The Comet

image from www.stanleygibbons

Back from the New Year break, unable to write some new stuff, dusted out an old poem. This one managed to make it into the national newspaper.


Way back in '86, when Halley's Comet shot past the earth, the Straits Times organised a poetry writing contest to commemorate the event. The first prize was a telescope (Baush & Lomb), which I sort of fancy at that time. Hey, the below poem won that scope, but it is now somewhere in my storeroom gathering fungi.

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The Comet



Like clockwork, you returned from an endless celestial journey
           Halley
And we, on this fragile planet, itself hurtling,
we wonder, we dread, we marvel


what you really are, a heart of ice, gas and dust?
           Ha!
Did tyranosaurus rex snarled at you on a visit to primeval Earth?
Or were you making your pilgrimage since the Sun's birth?



      Did you bring about Hastings?
      Did you fell the Qing?


And we, with our computers, our lasers, still call you a stranger,
           Wanderer.
Like a puzzle, you fascinate us, the ancient and the young.
You'll still do, in Twenty-sixty-one.


18.04.86
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Maybe Twice In A Lifetime



Note : The contest organiser stipulated that the poem must be less than 100 words. Not much to wriggle about.

8 Comments:

Blogger Bluesky_Liz said...

I think it's cool, the poem and the comet.

A picky: last line suggestion -- You still will, in 2061.

04 February, 2006 19:41  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

liz,
thanks for your suggestion, i think it works. :)

i posted it as it originally appeared in the papers.

05 February, 2006 00:50  
Blogger floots said...

an interstellar tail? :)

06 February, 2006 05:52  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

floots,
yes, trying to write more heavenly stuff. :)

06 February, 2006 19:30  
Blogger Mr Wang Says So said...

Waaaah! You were winning poetry prizes way back in 1986! Impressive siah!

06 February, 2006 22:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

mr. wang,
there wasn't much competition at that time mah. pretty quiet scene. now you look at the quality of the local poets on-line, i won't stand a chance! :) {like i tried for the GPA )

07 February, 2006 00:04  
Blogger lAzy pAnda said...

i like the way u put "twenty-sixty-one".... :)

and we have a "national" poet here!!! hehehee

08 February, 2006 14:06  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thanks, lazy panda.
"national" poet? cannot, lah!

08 February, 2006 23:02  

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