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Old Chinese Sayings

There  are no guarantees in life      
save one…and none of us
certainly not me and possibly not you
no one can outrun  the call of their destiny
once upon a time is a saying
created  only by  the lawyers

Don’t rely on fortune cookies
as the reason to quit your job

Eat spicy Chinese food
out of a carton ……with chopsticks...more often
sitting on a park bench talking with a stranger
say these words daily 
thank you……..please….and  I love you
as if they actually mattered to you

Draw your own lines carefully in the sand
and defend them with all that you are

Drink hot coffee from a bowl
hold onto the one you love with both hands
whatever you do in life do it with intense passion
never do what your enemy 
expects you to do...ever
live well …love better

Dance and sing your heart out every single day
Live….just live  as large as you can

Remember the Alamo


Irish


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OLD CHINESE SAYINGS

There are no guarantees in life
save one…and none of us
certainly not me and possibly not you
no one can outrun the call of their own destiny
once upon a time is a saying
created only by the lawyers

Don’t rely on fortune cookies
as the reason to quit your job

Eat spicy Chinese food
out of a carton …with chopsticks…at least once
sit on a park bench and talk with a lonely stranger
say these words daily
as if they actually mattered to you
thank you……..please….and I love you

Draw your own lines carefully in the sand
then defend them with all that you are

Drink hot coffee from a bowl
hold onto the one you love with both hands
whatever you do in life do it with intense passion
never do what your enemy
expects you to do…ever
live well …love better

When you feel you are in the least danger
be truly aware for it is at that second danger draws near to you
dance and sing your heart out every single day
live….just live as large as you can
remember the Alamo

Irish
                                              				


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A Chinese Story

I have no idea whether this is a true or fabricated story.
Never the less, it was a story that if true still astounds me.
I don't recall where exactly, but in a specific China area
there was a major epidemic going on with an outbreak of malaria.
The Chinese government issued a statement to its citizens.
"If you all consider yourselves honorable true Chinese citizens,
you will all abide everyday the following instructions.
You are to kill at least 10 mosquitos everyday.
If you wish to kill more, fire away,
but you must kill everyday at least 10
if you consider yourself to be a true, honorable Chinese citizen."
China's massive population
then wiped out an entire mosquito generation
and the major plaque of malaria came to an end.
 
Anyone Chinese out there who may know if this is a true story?


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a chinese vase

she is like a chinese vase
(i do not know which dynasty from)
most probably of Min one
with the course of time
the smithereens 
have broken 
(almost invisibly)
you can understand
only 
if you pass a finger
on the mouth 
on the neck
on
but only if it is bare 
without a glove
(velvet or of tulle)
i do not know if i am doing it
but sometimes
in the morns
a light fog
is spreading
then i change my slip cover

it is light
and usually white


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A Chinese Limerick

A gambler from Hong Kong named Louie.
He was dumb and quite a bit screwy.
In a gambling pad,
he lost all he had.
Today, he can’t afford chop suey.


Who says a limerick has to be Irish?


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MY CHINESE DAUGHTER

                    To Hugo Shen Fei
               MY CHINESE DAUGHTER


                       There is no face
            Reflection of a thousand years
                That can take her place
           A face that cried a thousand tears
                      There is no heart
               Reflection of the West Lake dew
                      That can so impart
                   Devotion rediscovered
                             and 
                Replenished each day anew


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LIKE A CHINESE LANTERN

At the end of the thought
was sadness.
When temple lies broken
a little white lotus comes up
on the tranquil lake.

A cute word enters the lone voice,
stands down, collapses, retreats into silence.
A chaste tree becomes a sage
and tenderness of the ash turns into an elegy.

The moon-face has frost on the eyes.
Tears blaze the lips.
Unbounded grief holds the space between
sobs, a bodiless spark.

Moons ago when sleep was a fragrant
gift, the song never touched the earth.
That dream sways like a Chinese lantern
without enthusiasm.


SATISH VERMA
 


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The Ten Million Dollar Chinese Bowl

The Ten Million Dollar Chinese Bowl

By Elton Camp

Asian art collectors were extraordinary excited
A rare Chinese imperial ceramic bowl ignited

Asia's fine art market has exploded last decade
It was expected for the bowl millions to be paid

From the Northern Song Dynasty it's pale green
And is the only one of its type that's ever seen

Museums & individuals are thrilled over the piece
So astronomically the price is likely to increase

Buyer will be one who about money doesn't care
Perhaps a mainland Chinese or western billionaire

The auctioneer held the bowl up and asked for cash
Out of his hand it plunged with a sickening crash

Tiny fragments were scattered all over the floor
And it was worth ten million bucks no more



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Gold Chinese Coins

Small Gold Chinese Coins
Place them in auspicious place
Bring Money to me.

 
(January 9, 2011  Wausau, Wisconsin)

 
(c) Copyright 2011 by Christine A Kysely, All Rights Reserved, 


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Kitty's Chinese Chop Suey Restaurant

Kitty’s Restaurant

By Elton Camp 

As a name for a Chinese place to eat,
“Kitty’s Chop Suey” can sure be beat

If, perchance, it’s the owner’s name
I wouldn’t view it quite the same 

As an Asian name it doesn’t ring true
Much more likely would be Wong Sue

Thus, to go to this restaurant to eat
Makes one wonder about the meat

A coincidence, or could it be true
That the meat once used to mew?


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