© Marie Marshall
I thought I wrote my last Veronica Franco poem some time ago, but just when I think I’m all Veronica’d out, along comes another one.
rich in dust… and too many that could share seem to be oceans away… not so much different nowadays…
I love the references to wood. My mother was Belgian and she had a pair (un paio in Italian) from her childhood. She said she had to wear thick wool socks but they still made her feet bleed. This is also the Chinese year of the Wood Goat, I learned yesterday, of which I am one. Here is what I learn about my 60th year: The Year of the Wood Goat 2015
The Year of the Wood Goat promises to be active with lots of good news. As I predict in the previous year (Year of the Horse), we going to hear more positive economic and diplomatic news. There will be more negotiation between countries, and most importantly, with low military activities.
Let’s start from the beginning. The Yin Wood element represents optimism, flexibility. Yin Wood on top of Yin Earth represents growth, development, and creativity. Rely on the knowledge of the Chinese calendar and the Sixty years cycle. We have the year of the Wood Goat every 60 years, and based on the experience of those years we can make an approximate analysis what kind year of Wood Goat would be. The previous Wood Goad years were 1835; 1895; 1955;
History of the Wood Goat:
In 1835, James Bowman Lindsay demonstrates a constant Electric Light, P.T. Barnum starts his career as showman and, in December of 1835, Edgar Allen Poe takes a job as editor of the Southern Literary Messenger magazine, publishes critical reviews of other writers and works on his own stories and poems. The treaty of New Echota was signed on December 29, 1835 in New Echota, Georgia by officials of the United States government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction. In 1955 BBC Radio starting broadcast twelve episodes of The Lord of the Rings, in September 1955 ‘On Beyond Zebra’ is published by Dr. Seuss, on Sep 15, 1955 Lolita is published in Paris by Vladimir Nabokov, and in 1955, first McDonalds shop was opened in Illinois. These events definitely make a big contribution to our lives, but besides creativity, unity and inventions, we had conflicts and disharmony due to clashes of elements. A battle in Gonzales, Texas on October 2, 1835, on April 11, 1955 Air India’s Kashmir Princess crashes in a flight to Jakarta, on June 11th, the Le Mans car disaster happened where 83 people lost their lives.
Based on historical facts and analyzing the relationship of the Five Elements, we can say that 2015 won’t be a quiet year. However, people will be more open to fine-tuning and will be willing to negotiate or find a middle ground. In 2015, there will be more peace agreements and settlements to avoid international conflicts. There is a risk of natural disasters related to the earth; such as earthquake or landslides thereby triggering a possibility of building destruction or even nuclear concerns. Other than that, there is a risk for disease and epidemics. In addition, the Yearly Earth Branches represent dry earth or sand and refer to the desert this indicates more accidents in desert areas. The more risky moths are July, October and January of 2016, try to adjust your travel plans especially in areas with the highest risk; like mountains, desert or places with high seismic activity. As the Goat Year represents a big and strong earth, it can trigger health and medical issues such as stomach, pancreas or adiposity problems or cancer.
All this from that. Wow!
Claudia, no, not much different.
Kurt, over here we’re unsure as to whether it’s a sheep or a goat. Our home-grown Chinese are telling us that the character is the same for both. So half of us are calling the Year of the Geep, and half the Year of the Shoat.
Where can I read more Veronica?
Hmmm… well, that’s not so easy, because they’re not collected in one place. Some have been blogged here, some have been published in The Tower Journal, some have been sent to Poetry Life & Times, others have been given to Angélique Jamail for her series of guest poets, others haven’t been published anywhere at all. You could start by scrolling down to the bottom of this page and entering ‘Veronica’ in the search box. But if you like, as a one-off, I’ll collect them all together in a file and send them to you.
Please do send. I’m very intrigued. I lived in Italy for two years
Okay. I shall put it together for you in a few days’ time.
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