THIS IS A YEAR OF THE HORSE CONTEST ENTRY
A Chinese calligraphy warm-up exercise: 144 Words
Dark symbols curve gracefully,
then dramatically ends
like a ballerina on pointe.
the brush with ink,
Mr. Han transfers the brush to paper,
and, with elbow floating,
presses the brush down gently
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,
The Dragon Claw.
The last stroke imperceptibly thickens,
slows to a pause
and the brush is carefully lifted,
A Chinese calligraphy warm-up exercise.
Practiced well, you learn control.
Control of your brush.
I'm no good at this.
Mr. Han disagrees.