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Shards of Shanghai

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Below is the poem entitled Shards of Shanghai which was written by poet Connie Marcum Wong. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Shards of Shanghai

Upturned Chinese roofs
In a soft silhouette
Look so majestic
On top of the hill—
Encompassed in fog
In low light and shadows,
Quite simply surreal—

Boats filled with refugees
Fleeing Shanghai from
The Japanese invasion
‘Midst the chaos of war.
Gentle waves lap against
Boat hulls in dire contrast
To the noisy bomb blasts.

As shown on drawn faces
Fear and faith interlaces
With a hopeful resolve.
Comrades of all races
Are joined in this throng.
They sail away to far places
Not knowing their fate,
As in divine kinship
They now all belong.


Note* I was inspired to write this piece by a wonderful
movie I watched called The White Countess.

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  1. Date: 6/4/2010 10:52:00 PM
    Beautiful expressions of the paradoxes that are found in every war. Nicely done. Dan C ps. Someone told me that you were a flight attendant. I wrote a poem about them and had it published in their newsletter. It's here on the soup if you want to read it.

  1. Date: 5/10/2010 12:29:00 PM
    Oh I would have liked that Shanghai was such a teeming place, a real den of inequity. The modern building make you feel like the Jetson's live there! Thanks for the nice comment and you are the first one to get....the tension in my verse...I was beginning to wonder if I was too delicate LOL.

  1. Date: 4/20/2010 4:02:00 PM
    Really well done, impressive- I shall check out the movie

  1. Date: 4/20/2010 6:09:00 AM
    Magnificent imagery of the architecture and atmosphere in China make this a beautiful poem, Connie. You received wonderful inspiration from the movie. I was not familiar with this invasion and am attracted to historical writes like yours. Awesome! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 10:10:00 PM
    connie this is weird. I was able to come here tonight after all, but now I cannot respond to blogs nor see my soupmails! thanks for your comments. Luv, andrea

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 6:09:00 AM
    Very descriptive and emotive write that I could just feel the emotion that these people are experiencing ...Keep the creative pen flowing...Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work...Sara

  1. Date: 4/18/2010 11:35:00 PM
    I love the stark contrasts in this!

  1. Date: 4/18/2010 11:13:00 PM
    A beautiful write from you. ONce again, this is one I hope many others will read here. You are an inspiration, Connie. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 4/18/2010 9:22:00 PM
    I have had the pleasure of knowing a few of the children of those who sailed to Australia. I haven't seen the film but will watch out for it. well done Connie...Margaret

  1. Date: 4/18/2010 9:11:00 PM
    What an interesting write with conflicting images of noisy bomb blasts and gentle lapping waves....all coming down to the last 3 lines that are excellent. Chris.