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A visual representation of "fence" by Eddie Tay

CHAN Hei Tung
St. Mary's Canossian College

This photo was taken at nearly midnight in Hong Kong, a restless city. At this late hour of the night, most of the occupants of the residential building were still awake. The melody of a piano piece was faintly playing among the buildings. Most people who are awake at this hour are either working or finishing their assignments. This shows that people would go to great lengths like losing valuable sleep to work hard for their ambitions to achieve their dreams. The poem talks about the high ambitions of people living in the city, and the photo captures the life of hardworking and goal-oriented city people perfectly. Despite the difficulties ahead, Hongkongers are all striving for their dreams.


all eyes looking at the centre

henry aspires to havard business
and throws away his harmonica

jenny is driving a car
into her global spider networked future

jonah unfurls like a creased carpet
on the eighth floor to watch voodoo tv

someone is working on her tablet cv
on winning beans and influencing people

dorcas must pass her abrsm
she bangs on her piano or else her mother

skyscrapers, fence
all eyes looking

Eddie Tay

“fence” was published in Dreaming Cities by Eddie Tay, p.32. Copyrights © 2016 by Eddie Tay. Reprinted by permission of the poet.