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Brushstrokes

Published by DOREEN B. | Friday, October 17, 2014 11:52 PM


A Chinese calligraphy warm-up exercise: 144 Words


Dark symbols curve gracefully,
twist,
then dramatically ends
like a ballerina on pointe.

Carefully loading
the brush with ink,
Mr. Han transfers the brush to paper,
and, with elbow floating,
presses the brush down gently
then lifts,
revealing
The Dot.

Fluidly,
he moves the brush horizontally,
shifts ninety degrees vertically,
presses slightly before releasing
an elegant hook.

Angling upward to the right,
the brush swoops to unsheath
The sword blade.

Plunging the brush downward
to the left,
Mr. Han brandishes
The inverse sword blade.

Again he cuts,
baring
The Dragon Claw.

The last stroke imperceptibly thickens,
slows to a pause
and the brush is carefully lifted,
bristles releasing
The Spatula.

Yung.
Lasting.
Eternity.
Forever.
A Chinese calligraphy warm-up exercise.

Practiced well, you learn control.
Control of your brush.
Your frustration.
Acquire focus.
I'm no good at this.
Mr. Han disagrees.
Practice!










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