Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Brocaded Buddhas
catch a ride
on the hostess’ bodice.
You shave splinters from your chopsticks and
watch the waiter caress pancakes
with plum sauce.
Your fortune reads,
“Someone will make you happy tonight.”
I concur.

Image: Real Madrid Labeled for Noncommercial Reuse

Image: Real Madrid
Labeled for Non-commercial Reuse

Wishing you a Happy New Year of the Monkey

In honor of the Chinese New Year we are writing poetry to this theme…perhaps you will find inspiration in a fortune cookie.

Please join us at dVerse Poetics where Toni is our hostess. The poetry pub opens at 3 PM EST.


27 thoughts on “Chinese New Year

  1. Your meal is enticing, and your fortune wonderful.


  2. Kate Mia says:

    ForTunes oLd.. Fortunes
    TOld.. believing new..
    placebo works..
    Voodoo new
    yes.. nocebo
    real.. too..
    or new..:)


  3. So much said and so succinctly…well done…I enjoy the tone. 🙂


  4. Waltermarks says:

    Very interesting; why do they shave the chopsticks?


  5. Sumana Roy says:

    sooo love this poem specially the first few lines…


  6. Now I am hungry! Love this enjoyable writing!


  7. lillian says:

    “…watch the waiter caress pancakes with plum sauce…..”
    DEEElicious! 🙂 Smiling I am….


  8. I haven’t eaten Chinese food for the longest time and don’t remember the last fortune cookie. I like the brocaded Buddhas …


  9. One can be mesmerized by the wisdom of these quotes. Obviously these quotes had gone through generations of usage that they are just faultless.



  10. Bryan Ens says:

    Short…but yet bursting at the seams with rich and beautiful descriptions. Love it!


  11. MarinaSofia says:

    Plum sauce, pancakes and chopsticks certainly make me happy, even if you have to shave off the splinters… a charming and compact poem.


  12. thotpurge says:

    Oh great scene there..vivid image!


  13. Bodhirose says:

    Love that fortune, Victoria…a nice ending to your poem.


  14. whimsygizmo says:

    “you shave splinters from your chopsticks” is a metaphor for life, if ever I heard one. Fantastic.

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  15. Grace says:

    Love the surprising ending ~ I would really love to that fortune cookie Victoria ~


  16. Shawna says:

    I’m especially enamored of the first three lines.


  17. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is beautifully written 🙂 especially love “the waiter caress pancakes with plum sauce.”

    Lots of love,


  18. kanzensakura says:

    Not quite the quote in the prompt but hey, shoes, someone….hope everyone has something that makes them happy today and everyday.

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    • I’m learning that I need to slow down and read prompts more carefully…and then I perpetrated the crime as Glenn used my quote. Sorry, Toni. Maybe I’ll have time to write to the prompt.


      • kanzensakura says:

        Thank you. I just put so much into my posts, as do we all. The shoes was such a touch of whimsy that it made me grin hugely when I opened the cookie. We just have had problems in the past with prompts not being followed. Right now I am just a roiling sea of frustration with puter problems, heat not working…27F today.


  19. with those pancakes and the sauce I feel a Peking duck… Just the taste makes me smile with joy… I should celebrate, and what a coincidence that it’s also fat Tuesday today.


  20. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Chinese dining is one of the staples in my life. At my favorite restaurant, they know I have 7 grandchildren, so they gave me a bag of broken fortune cookies for them. The tykes enjoyed the Chinese cookies for weeks.


  21. Mary says:

    There is nothing like celebrating Chinese New Year in such a beautiful setting. The fortune makes a wonderful climax to the evening!


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