A visual representation of "City" by Louise Ho
Sha Tin Government Secondary School
My painting depicts a scene of the poem titled ‘City’ written by Louise Ho.
Hong Kong has a well-developed transportation network,
heavy traffic with lots of cars on the road.
In peak hours, many people would rush and never find time to take a look at the city
or pay attention to people who need care around them.
The poem features a street-sleeper entirely unto himself under the neon lights,
not affected by the fast pace of Hong Kong or noticed by the busy passers-by.
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.