Hooray -- Ox is being celebrated!
On Friday, February twelfth, Chinese New Year begins -- a celebration of the characteristics of Ox for a whole year -- diligence, honesty, hard-working.
There are lots and lots of stories, traditions, and rituals for this two-week-long lunar holiday. I'm not ethnically Chinese -- I won't pretend to offer a full understanding of the celebration. But, I can't help a little celebration -- because of my friend, OX!
I've learned that spring couplets, Chunlian, are popular decorations at doorposts to scare away evil.
As spring light and warmth increase
so hearts with a wealth of joy, and peace
(c) Linda Mitchell
I didn't make the full two scrolls...just the window decoration in the upper right picture. I fell down a bit of a rabbit hole looking for Chinese poetry forms and learned that some Chinese Poetry in the Tang Dynasty was modeled after Japanese haiku. But, there is a difference between syllable counting and character writing...things got a bit fuzzy for me after that.
I moved on to a short description of how the Chinese Ox came to earth and found haiku syllable line count within it. The orange lines are 5 syllables and the blue lines are 7. The basic story hijinks are preserved.
according to myth
plow oxen lived in Heaven
the message mixed-up
oxen to the earth
working the farms helping
people with farm work
All in all, Ox and I are having a blast with poetry this year. We've still got many adventures ahead. Wish us luck!
Hamish and Hector have a new friend, Niu, on the padlet. They'd love for you to visit.
Visit Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone for lots more poetry and a rest from the official busy-ness of our week.
Do you know an Ox? I'd love a pic of an Ox that you can get in person. I have a seemingly unlimited number of images of Ox and Oxen on the internet. But, I would love a pic from my poetry friends of an ox they meet in real life to use as a poetry prompt. If you have one or get one before next year, let me know!
|A girl taking a photograph with a Kodak box Brownie camera (circa 1935). (Photo by Keystone View Company/Archive Photos/Getty Images)|