In my hand, dated 3/1/05
A copy of
Manual of Painting & Calligraphy: A Novel
On page 83
In the margin
I wrote, not dated, in Chinese:
"Right at this moment (I am) in a restaurant
Next to fuhao binguan [Big Lord Hotel]
Waiting for my Sour Vegetable Fish
And Mashed Garlic Bitter Vegetables
In the air, "Auld Lang Syne"
5 girls are
keeping me company
from a distance..."
next to that
near the bottom
I wrote, both in Chinese and English:
The Age of Formidable Women
in an echo to the line in the book (pg. 83):
"In this age of formidable women"
ah, what day is today, the 3rd of January 2005
even death dies
leaving me stonily alone
writing this lone overdue poem
long, sorry, not lone
~ by Ouyang Yu
The picture doesn't really match the words except that I took it last year on January 3rd.