January 17th, 2018

A tile made of clay is a poor lowly thing
but it works just fine with a brush
and some ink
everything has its use
whether elevated or base
gold is certainly precious
and jade invaribly hard
but using either to make ink
can't compare to a broken tile
of course it's a lowly thing
but its value is hard to deny
and not just a piece of rubble
since ancient times people too

Ou-yang Hsiu 1037