Day 25 NaPoWriMo. With 1.4 billion people, China needs to be a part of our world tour. My friend, Joe Heil, regularly goes to China to meet with ginseng customers. Wisconsin and Joe are known to grow some of the world’s best and cleanest ginseng. China is the biggest consumer of this medicinal tuber which has many health benefits. It is cool to me that a farmer friend only a few miles away positively affects the health of the oldest civilization on our planet. Side note: stamp collecting is China’s #1 hobby.
China, Go with all Your Heart
Cherry blossoms, ginseng, and lotus flowers
love, vitality and purity
for an ancient place
of many firsts, longest, tallest, biggest.
The first civilization
with ethics and philosophy of Confucius
the original golden rule.
The longest wall once purposeful,
though it did not keep out Kublai Khan,
now an ancient wonder with tourist appeal.
Sharing the highest mountain with Nepal
Everest on the northside
with its golden triangle sunset.
The oldest written language
an artform of 40,000 symbols
for this venerable tonal communication.
The “Flowery Kingdom” one time-zone
holding the worlds’ largest population.
China the first ice cream, toilet paper,
kite, decimal system, crossbow,
martial arts, porcelain, suspension bridge
and of course, tea.
If you go to the land of silk,
if you go to China, go with all your heart (1)
- (1) play on Confucius quote “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”