Foreword

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    Hong Kong: a dot on the world map,
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    a grain of sand on the margin between a giant continent and a fathomless sea.
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    This grain of sand is a world of its own, just as a world,
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    seemingly sufficient to itself,
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    is but a grain of sand,
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    jostling with other sand worlds in the wide expanse of the universe,
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    interconnected with all, and mutually dependent.
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    So the Buddhist sutras say.
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    And, coming from the same land that once colonised this tiny speck,
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    William Blake wrote, with a vision that pierces through the veil of power:
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    “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.”
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    Hence the title of this collection, A Grain of Sand: Poems from Hong Kong.
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    This tiny dot on a map is a world.
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    It has its own history, language, and culture, and hope.
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    This grain of sand sings. As we listen, we relate.