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cinquains

Operating Clean Room continues this weekend. Was clearing my secondary school stuff when I came across two cinquains written in Chinese for my CCA when I was in Secondary 1. (Cinquains, a type of five-line poem, were invented by American poet Adelaide Crapsey in the early 1900s. Read some of her cinquains here.)

兔子
可爱 机灵
吃草 跳跃 挖洞
活波的小东西
绒毛娃娃

飞机
闪亮的双翼
起飞 滑翔 降落
在云中飞翔
滑翔机

Upon review 16 years later, I would rewrite the second poem thus, to remove all the repetitive words and make other improvements:

飞机
明亮的双翼
起飞 滑翔 降落
在云中航行
科学奇迹

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winter morning

Was walking towards my office this morning……

winter morning

tree-lined avenue:
light breeze tickles, gentle rain
of yellow petals

(Incidentally, where I live, there is no winter, but then……)

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……and jubilation in the time of parturition!

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Love in the time of cholera, panic in the time of SARS, apprehension in the time of H7N9……

do-re-mi redux

I’ve always found the lyric ‘La, a note to follow sew’ rather meaningless, so (pun unintended!):

Excerpt from Do-Re-Mi

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
Lah, a pragmatic particle
Tea, I drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to do… oh oh oh

with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein

There, while it may not sound better, but at least now it actually makes some sense! :D


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