Black Chinese characters,
written on creamy white linen paper;
Each is carefully arranged
into its own square-shaped box,
thus making square-shaped words.
Daddy had written this several years ago.
At the time I didn't know what these words represent.
"What are these words about, Daddy?" I asked.
"It's about self-discipline in one's life, my dear."
"Why are there no commas or full-stops in between?"
I asked again.
"That's the way life should be –
a continuous process of self-discipline."
He answered again.
These ancient words
now hanging on the wall -
taking form into each square,
forming square-shaped words.
So fragile are our lives!
So strong are these strokes!