Sunday, October 05, 2014

Text in the City

photo by dsnake1

My poem, Rain Trees, Bedok South, has been selected for a collection of local poetry in Text in the City, a campaign about poetry and places in Singapore which will run primarily through a smartphone app. The event is presented by The Arts House and launched on Saturday 4th October 2014.

And, (shudder) hear me read my own poem at their website. Please click on this link to read/hear my poem. :)

I am with some illustrious company. :)

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2014

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Blogger Björn Rudberg said...

What an honor to be heard for such a cause.. Congratulations

06 October, 2014 00:55  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

How wonderful, Lee San, to have a poem in this collection. I love the photo AND the poem - especially love how the tree brooded, then smiled. Wonderful.

06 October, 2014 01:15  
Blogger Nataša Dolenc said...

that's a beautiful poem...and you read it nicely!

06 October, 2014 01:21  
Blogger Mary said...

Just excellent! I can see why it was chosen. And I really enjoyed hearing your voice. I love the ending and found myself smiling too!

06 October, 2014 02:06  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

Sweet! and all the time I thought you talked with a "Texas Drawl" :-)
A beautiful poem well read.
You go,you money maker :-)

06 October, 2014 04:18  
Blogger TALON said...

That poem was so beautiful! Stellar imagery! Why is it that we dislike hearing our own voices to much? I'm like that, too. :)

06 October, 2014 04:19  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

what a blessing to have that tree...those blossoms finally smile on you....

06 October, 2014 09:09  
Blogger rallentanda said...

Oh this is such a lovely poem.
You spoke of those trees with real feeling as if they were friends.
Congratulations on being chosen.
Enjoyed your reading as well.

06 October, 2014 11:55  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! i was pretty surprised, and quite overwhelmed on seeing the email invitation. :)


oh yes, it is! i liken their flowering to a smile. these rain trees don't bloom often.


so the reading's not too bad? thank you! :)


thank you! always glad to read your comment. :)


oh yes, i get paid for this poem. and not too bad an amount too. :)
Texas drawl? aww, come on! :D


thank you! maybe it's all psychological. after hearing the near perfect intonations of news readers and tv hosts, us untrained readers seemed like a microphone too far. :)


yes, as these trees seldom flower, it does seem like a smile. :)


these trees provide me with much-needed shade on my way to lunch from my workplace to the eateries. yes, in a way, they are like friends. i am glad you see it that way. :)

06 October, 2014 12:52  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

Congrats Lee the smile on the ancient sentinels..

06 October, 2014 13:15  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Sumana. :)

06 October, 2014 14:20  
Blogger James Toma said...

I've always relished poems about nature and their beauty. especially when a well-known artist like Matisse is mentioned to capture their beauty. I loved it!!!

07 October, 2014 03:57  
Blogger G L Meisner said...

Great poem, very well chosen for publication. You got that for the skill evident.

07 October, 2014 19:20  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! the blooms do remind me of the artist's vibrant colours. :)

G L,

thank you for the kind comment. :)

07 October, 2014 21:50  
Blogger Justin Lamb said...

I like this poem. The personification of the trees smiling was great. The audio was great touch, too.

22 October, 2014 00:33  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Hi Justin,

you liked the audio too? thanks! :)

22 October, 2014 21:45  

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