This poem was publish in my first poetry book, Flickering Flame: Poetic Echoes.
RIDDLE OF CHINESE PICTOGRAPH
To understand Chinese mind, search
five millennium years of historical find.
In the beginning was the character,
and the word was wen.
Art and music dance in
synchronization, symbols and semantics
tango in pair.
To beg a mouthful, word compound
to mean eat. The evolving logogram,
the language, reflects a continuing history
changing dynasties, internal wars,
foreign plunder, rape;
the Chinese learn through harsh experience.
To keep citizens civil,
leaders provide grain to meet their needs.
The importance of food,
feast and cuisine culture within the family,
and kins. Again,
the ideogram for destiny, describes
the person’s first priority is
bow to what fate inscribes, or listen to
oral commandments from above. Fatalism
is not Chinese philosophy. When impoverish,
change, rise in mutiny, disobedience; in disorder,
risks beget opportunity, to transform
fate, opening freedom’s gate. Yet
human beings have limitations. Things we may be unable
to change. Destiny is final acceptance when all efforts fail.
Language and culture, nourish one another,
and are inseparable bonds. The ancient pictograph,
eyes into Chinese mind.
eat food destiny