I went with a friend to have my fortune read,
Eager to know what was in store for me,
A large book lay open on the table,
At a glance twelve animals I could see.
The soothsayer asked for the date of my birth,
You are a snake, he announced triumphantly,
Thinking of slimy cold crawling creatures,
I looked at him apprehensively.
“Snakes are wise, philosophical and clever.”
Straightening my back, I sat up proudly,
He continued, “They are tall and slim too,”
Looking at my size, he grinned sheepishly.
“Oh, I forget, you are an earth snake,”
In doubt, I looked at him suspiciously,
“You have a love for earthly pleasures,"
He laughed, "Too much, so very sorry.”
My self-ego plunged from high to low,
I looked at my friend desperately,
Holding her card right before his eyes,
She stopped him short, to read her history.
“A bull! Loyal and hardworking," he declared.
"On the other hand, you behave mulishly,
You won’t listen to others. Stubborn!
Sometimes, too, you act stupidly.”
Then my friend smiled at him triumphantly,
"I'm so very sorry. I was born in 1940.
I am a dragon brave and strong. Mulish too.
I can be any animal in lunar astrology."
Looking through the pages I saw each animal
having positive and negative chi,
I smiled with relief when I realised that
I had a little of each animal in me.
28 Dec 2007