Monday, August 18, 2008

A Tribute To Lin Dan And Lee Chong Wei By John Tiong

This poem is written by journalist-poet from Sibu, John Tiong, also my colleague.

China's Lin Dan triumphed over Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei to grab the men's single gold for badminton yesterday at the Beijing Summer Olympics.

Chong Wei got the first silver medal for Malaysia for the Olympics.

Lin seemed to be a far superior player in the two matches that lasted less than 40 minutes beating Chong Wei by 21 - 12 and 21 - 8.

Lin seemed to be flying on wings after he was crowned gold.

First he fell flat on the court, then rose to salute the audience after which he threw his racket and shoes to them as presents.

Lin Dan, Chong Wei
Look alike faces
Shaped like shuttlecocks

Eyes gleaming
Like diamonds
The shine of white
Velvety feathers

Between their
Masterful strides
A common dream
Of two nations

To and fro, to and fro
It flew smashing
Into one while
Lifting the other
Onto its wings of gold