Each year through the student societies, students from Cultural Studies (CULS), Bilingual Language and Literature Studies (BLLS), and Professional Communication and English Studies (PENG) form a team to vet and edit student essays and creative work submitted to This and That. The Journal celebrates the College of International Education’s writing talent. It is headed and produced by English lecturers at CIE.
It is our honour to have one of our published poets, Conny Zheng Cui Ting from BLLS, to share with us the creative process behind her poem, Hold Your Hand.
The poet speaks
The poem was written in the library actually. At that time, I just sent a message to my mom and comforted her that everything here was alright. Don’t worry too much about me. Soon, she replied, “I’m long winded, am I?”
It reminds me of the current busy and rushed situation in every industry, not just about being a student. Most people would focus on personal demand but ignore the relationship with their family and friends. There was a piece of news about a father registering in a hospital in order to visit his son, who is a doctor. I got inspiration from this kind of events and depicted a picture about an ill mother and a nurse daughter. The daughter could finally have a good look at her mother. Although the medical profession serves others for life, not many take the time to stay with family. What we should always keep in mind is that we should get in touch with our families.