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Many Gods

Cale Young Rice

Book Overview: 

This is a volume of poetry by Cale Young Rice. The poems in this volume reflect Rice's experiences while travelling across Asia, and many of them have, as their theme, a person or incident set in that area or culture. The title Many Gods then also refers to the different religions Rice would have encountered on his journey.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And struck as no power of Heaven could,
Or of Hell—typhoon! typhoon!
And the junks were smitten and torn,
The drowning struggled and cried,
Or, dashed on the granite walls of the sea,
In succourless hundreds died.
Till I shut the sight from my eyes
And prayed for my soul to swoon:
If ever I see God's face, let it
Be guiltless of that typhoon!

[Pg 17]

PENANG I want to go back to Singapore
And ship along the Straits,
To a bungalow I know beside Penang;
Where cocoanut palms along the shore
Are waving, and the gates
Of Peace shut Sorrow out forevermore.
I want to go back and hear the surf
Come beating in at night,
Like the washing of eternity over the dead.
I want to see dawn fare up and day
Go down in golden light;
I want to go back to Penang! I want to go back!
I want to go back to Singapore
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Community Reviews

Having travelled many of the places in these poems, I am transferred back to them in a different time and place. The Pagoda Slave is a great poem.