The Sino-Vietnamese Teacher
year, when peach flowers blossom,
see again the old teacher
Display black ink and crimson paper
the sidewalk busy with passers-by.
people hire him to write,
Praising in wonder his talent:
dexterous hand draws like
Dancing phoenix, flying dragon."
each year, clients become rarer.
are you now calligraphy users?
Untouched red paper deep in sadness,
Unstirred ink gloomy inside the jar.
teacher is still sitting there,
Pedestrians are unaware.
yellow leaf falls on the paper
dusty rain flies in the air.
year, peach trees bloom again
Ancient teacher is not seen.
People from millennia past
are your souls now?
Dr. Chat V. Dang
Vietnam History: Stories Retold for a New Generation)