A visual representation of "City" by Louise Ho
LAM Cheuk Hei
Shung Tak Catholic English College
In this painting, I want to present the situation of street sleepers in Hong Kong.
Just like what the poem says, the problem of street sleepers in Hong Kong
is serious and neglected. I want to show that in a prosperous city like Hong Kong,
some people are still very poor. They need to sleep in the street, under a bridge.
No fingers claw at the bronze gauze
Of a Hong Kong December dusk,
Only a maze of criss-crossing feet
That enmeshes the city
In a merciless grid.
Between many lanes
Of traffic, the street-sleeper
Carves out his island home.
Or under the thundering fly-over,
Another makes his own peace of mind.
Under the staircase,
By the public lavatory,
A man entirely unto himself
Lifts his hand
And opens his palm.
Do not rend the air,
They merely touch
As pain does, effortlessly.
“City” was published in Incense Tree: Collected Poems of Louise Ho by Louise Ho, p.45. Copyrights © 2009 by Hong Kong University Press.