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June 17, 2024

Chopstick Commandments

By Changming Yuan

Chopstick Commandments

   1. Avoid one chopstick longer than the other in a pair
That would recall what a coffin is made of

   2. Don't plant them in the middle of bowl of rice
Or dish, like a scent burning for the dead

   3. Never use them to poke around in a dish
In the way a tomb raider works hard in dark

   4. Put them strictly parallel to each other; or you
Would have yourself crossed out as a deplorable error

   5. If you drop one or both of them on the ground, you
Will wake up and provoke your ancient ancestors

   6. If you use them to beat containers like a drum player
You are fated to live a low and poor beggar?s life

   7. When you make noises with them in your mouth
You betray your true self as a rude and rough pariah

   8. Never point them towards anyone if you
Do not really mean to swear at a fellow diner

   9. Make sure not to pierce any food with them while eating
When you do not mean to raise your mid-finger to all around you

   10. To use them in the wrong way is
To make yourself looked down by others

Article © Changming Yuan. All rights reserved.
Published on 2022-03-14
Image(s) are public domain.
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