I learnt this from TV: to remember,
steep ashes into water, drink
and swallow. Bitter is good.
Cracked hands don't extend
one's life, but could start fires.
The placement of furniture: bed
watching the door, a coffin exiting.
I took your name, handed down
like an heirloom of jade, meant
for safekeeping. Bamboo halves
drop with a clack, downturned,
denied by heaven.