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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Chinatown

Chinatown
men in gray suits
guide the dragon
Happy lunar new year!
(Published, in a slightly different version, at Sketchbook)

9 Comments:

Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I can see it :)

9:31 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Glad to hear it, andrew. Thanks.

12:32 PM  
Blogger polona said...

somewhat incongruous but it works :)

2:07 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, polona. The dragon is part of the New Year celebration. Members of a Chinese-American business association make sure it goes where it's supposed to. The sight is, as you, say, incongruous, but the dragon doesn't get lost.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

Just a short memory from 37 years ago: Bought a book from Far East Enterprise Co. Inc, 232 Canal Street, NY. Still having that book: Three Hundred Poems of the T'ang Dynasty 618-906. tr. by Witter Bynner. There was also Chinese original text: that time I tried to study Chinese... And now I don't remember anything Chinese now?

A young sailor
in blue jeans,
talking Oxford English

11:34 AM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Dragons get lost easily and I'm sure it takes several gray suits to keep it on course. Like Andrew, this is very visual.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

So learning (a little) Chinese is not like riding a bicycle, tikkis? (I've just picked up "Poems of the Late T'Ang," translated by A. C. Graham.)

It does seem easy for good luck to get lost, Pat, so we'd better hope there are always a few gray suits in attendance.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

"Poems of the Late T'ang" perhaps translated by many? This copy I bought is obviously a pirate.

Riding the bicycle is as difficult as cooking the fish. Chinese is much more easier than Japanese. I don't really understand that either.

12:06 PM  
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