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Hong Kong's Aquatic Heartbeat

- A Poetic Celebration of the Dragon Boat Race in Hong Kong

By Dawnxisoul393artPublished about a month ago 2 min read

Drums thunder,

Cymbals clang,

The festival is here,

As Hong Kong's harbors come alive with cheer,

Vibrant banners flutter,

The air electric with anticipation,

For the dragon boat race,

A time-honored tradition,

Sleek vessels glide across the shimmering waters,

Manned by teams of oarsmen,

Like mythical sea otters,

Adorned with fierce dragon heads,

Scales shimmering bright,

These boats embody the fiery spirit of an ancient rite,

The crowds line the shores,

Eager to witness the race,

As the teams take their positions,

Determination etched on each face,

The starting gun fires,

A deafening roar resounds,

And the boats surge forward,

Cutting through the waves with powerful bounds,

Oars slice through the surface,

Creating a mesmerizing dance,

As the rowers synchronize their movements,

Leaving the competition to chance,

The boats careen forward,

Propelled by sheer muscle and will,

Spectators cheering wildly,

Their hearts pounding with the thrill,

In the lead, a team surges ahead,

Their rhythm like a heartbeat,

But the others close in,

Unwilling to admit defeat,

Necks craned, eyes fixed on the finish line in the distance,

The racers push themselves to the brink of physical existence,

The tension mounts,

The air thick with anticipation,

As the boats approach the end,

A frenzy of celebration,

In a burst of speed,

One team edges ahead,

Crossing the line first,

As the crowd erupts in applause,

Their cheers a thunderous outburst,

The victors are showered with accolades,

Their triumph complete,

But the true spirit of the race lies in the camaraderie they meet,

For these teams,

Bound by a shared passion and unwavering might,

Have come together to honor a tradition that burns ever so bright,

The dragon boats,

Symbols of strength,

courage, and might,

Have once again captivated the hearts of all who witness the sight,

In this moment,

The ancient and the modern collide,

Celebrating Hong Kong's resilience,

Its culture, and its pride,

When game after game is over,

The drums are still strong,

A reminder that the dragon boat race will live on,

A testament to the enduring spirit of this magnificent land,

Where tradition and innovation go hand in hand,

Let us raise a toast to the dragon boat race,

A testament to the resilience that shines on each face,

For in these moments,

We glimpse the soul of Hong Kong,

A city where the ancient and the modern forever belong.

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About the Creator

Dawnxisoul393art

Dawnxisoul393art, an illustrator and designer couple living on a remote island in Hong Kong.

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Comments (1)

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Your poem is a well deserved one. Extremely happy to gain such an experience through your poem. You crafted and created virtual pictures in our mind on this festival!!!

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