Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Portrait of a Nation

An aquarium of gold fish
swimming for good luck
The family Dog dressed in tartan coat,
named Come Fortune.
Drinking tea for hours make the pot hot, pour with ancient ritual.
picking at sunflower seeds from an ornate wooden table.
Listening to the heavy sounds of a game of Mahjong
reach for the white flower oil to ease a stiffening back.
Steaming pots bubbling smoke rising past the tiles on the roof.
Smell the incense floating to the Gods
all the family under one roof
Grandmother and Grandfather shuffle to the sister-in-laws stove
rice pot full.
climbing stairs to a shrine
pay respects to family past.
This is Taiwan.

Wishing everyone a joyous and healthy new year full of dreams of beauty and wonder in a world we will cherish.
I wonder what the Tiger will bring?

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