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Summer 2007, vol 5 no 2


John Tiong ChungHoo


Great Wall
winds up the mountains
to the moon
  spring rain
from my window
rustling grass and mozart
raging bloom
i remember naming my daughter
  sketch artist
half the city within
his fingers
solid faith
devotees pray
to the headless buddha
*Japanese for "cherry blossom."  

John Tiong ChungHoo started writing haiku when he read several by Matsuo Basho sent to him through the internet four years ago. He works as a travel writer for The New Straits Times, one of Asia's oldest English language daily newspapers, dating from the middle of the 19th century.