This poem was publish in my first poetry book, Flickering Flame: Poetic Echoes.





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

of poverty,

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




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