HKVCA Poetry Contest

Page last updated: Jan 17, 2022

Welcome!

Our poetry contest that was advertised in the Dec 2021 Newsletter and on Facebook is up and running. Below are the submissions we've received so far. Contest rules are at the bottom of the page. This page will be updated as more are received.

Why not submit your own entry using our Contact form?

Contest details and instructions are below the submissions, at the bottom of the page.

Poetry Contest Submissions

MANY

Many were called and answered the call
to lay their lives on the line
To protect and defend a foreign people
to whom they were assigned

Many deployed to the isle of Hong Kong
prior to Christmas that year
Never returning home again
or spending four years in fear

Many had fought and oh what a fight
bravely they fought hard and long
Only to finally lay down their guns
and sing the prisoners’ song

Many men died on that cold Christmas day
fighting for freedom and life
Under gunned and under manned
heroically spending their lives

Many had fought from the Wong Nei Chong Gap
to the fabled Gin Drinkers’ Line
Against the aggression of hard-hearted men
in defence of that tiny isle

Many remained a pris’ner in mind
of the cruelty they had received
To live out their lives as best they could
constantly seeking relief

Many forget the battles of old
history’s lost to the young
But we will remember the fam’ly we lost
to the flames and the bombs and the guns

Many are gone and few remain
of the bold and the brave and the strong
But we will remember the price they paid
in the defence of the isle of Hong Kong

I Remember

As I stand in my living room, 

I look at the clock and see eleven. 

I start to think of what happened over eighty years ago. Allies and Japanese falling to the ground, dead. 

And here I stand. 

I stand thinking of what any of the soldiers would have thought; 

when will this be over, I don’t want to die, and I want to see my family. 

When it is finally over, I keep standing to respect the people who fought for me. 

I remember, I will always remember.

80 Years Later

80 YEARS LATER, THE QUESTIONS REMAIN
THE FLOOD OF EMOTIONS, STILL HIT LIKE A TRAIN
WHERE WAS THE LOGIC, TO THIS ILLTHOUGHT PLAN THAT CAUSED SO MUCH PAIN, FOR SUCH A BRAVE MAN

 AS QUICK AS IT STARTED, IT CAME TO AN END
FOR THE TROOPS ON THIS ISLAND; SENT TO DEFEND
LOST ARE SOME MEM’RIES, OF LOVE ONES SO DEAR
WHO TRIED TO FORGET, FOUR YEARS SPENT IN FEAR

NOW ALL ARE AT REST, OR SO WE PRESUME
THEIR BATTLES LONG GONE, NOT MUCH TO EXHUME
THE BIRDS FLY IN PEACE, O’ER BATTLE LINES DRAWN
AND BUSINESS CONTINUES, FROM DAWN TO DAWN

STILL WE WILL REMEMBER, THE VALIANT FIGHT
OF OUR TROOPS IN HONG KONG, AND THEIR PERILOUS PLIGHT
WE WILL REMEMBER, AND KEEP THE TORCH LIT
80 YEARS LATER, IF TIME WILL PERMIT

80th Anniversary Defence of Hong Kong Poetry Contest - Details

Open to all starting December 8, ending February 28, 2022.

All submissions will be read and adjudicated by well-known author and acclaimed poet, Mr. Gary Geddes. Gary is uniquely qualified to accomplish this task as his 1987 work “The Ventriloquist'' is being republished. Tucked inside those pages is his very own collection titled “Hong Kong Poems”.

Send your entries to editor@hkvca.ca or use our Contact form.

Depending on the enthusiasm and response we receive there may be enough material for a future zoom presentation. Why not make it a holiday event with your family and challenge your siblings to a creative and inspiring competition.