Chinese Brushstrokes

Written Chinese brushstrokes are essentially pictures. For example the character for yin depicts the shady side of a hill, and that for yang the sunny side of the same hill. This leads to a whole range of descriptive metaphors for the processes of life (such as day and night).

I swim suffused in purest sun
Bathe my soul on my emperor hillChinese Brushstrokes
A picnic spread upon the rug
Birdsong rolling through my heart

I am brushstroke on paper
I am Yang
I am light I am heaven
I am rising I am restless
I am growth I am summer
I am male, I am you.


I close my eyes and my thoughts fall away
Into shadow on this emperor hill
Gripped by river sleep and
Drawn into the tent of night

I am brushstroke on paper
I am Yin
I am darkness, I am earth
I am falling I am still
I am moon I am winter
I am female I am you.

We are couple we are dancing
Hand in hand, eye to eye
Co-dependant, intertwined
I am you and you are me
We are Yin and we are Yang.

Chinese Brushstrokes (c) M. Dean 2016

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About Martin Dean

Acupuncturist and University Lecturer Martin Dean has over 20 years clinical experience. He has a specialist interest in treating fertility issues and is also a founder member of Zita West's Network for Reproductive Health so you not only get the benefit of Martin's individual expertise but, through the network, the experience of Zita and her colleagues. In his spare time he practices tai chi to promote calmness and maintain health.