Ironically, In This Vastness Of Land

Ironically, In This Vastness Of Land

This is a poem, titled after a hand-painted bowl which was created by the author, a few years ago. Whereas, the poem is inspired by the many tragic news of perished immigrants on rough seas. They were trying to reach a better-land in this, ironically, vastness of land on mother earth.

In this vastness of land
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

In this vastness of land 
stretching and circling this bowl
 round and round, but, to no end! 

From the bowl’s interior 
radiates that phosphorescent glow
 a beckoning promise, almost superior! 

Across the wide seas and oceans
 breaking families, risking lives 
to find that elusive ‘greener grass’ notions! 

On rough waters,  
human lives are inhumanly packed 
in overcrowded sea vessels 
clutching desperately to partners and wives.

 “I see the land, I see the land!” 
But it was, many a time,  
an illusion to touch beaches, 
to kiss the sand. 

Can you see the land, a better land? 
Will freedom be your stand 
in this vastness of land?
                               -Chen Song Ping @ TPTan, 18 Jan 2021- 


  1. “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

2. “What has happened to us in this country? If we study our own history, we find that we have always been ready to receive the unfortunate from other countries, and though this may seem a generous gesture on our part, we have profited a thousandfold by what they have brought us.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

10 thoughts on “Ironically, In This Vastness Of Land

  1. Wow. The acceptance of anyone with no labels, no explanation, no pressure…shouldn’t we all have a place be it virtual or in person where that level of healing can meet within our souls and wit a sense of purpose when the world needs it most. Thank you thank you for putting this on my screen, and I am renewed.

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