Friend (19) – The Four Gentlemen

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plum flower (kind unknown)
plum flower (kind unknown) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plum Flower

My Friend, there is a nation who feels proud of you.  Your unyielding nature makes you look even emaciated.  But lanky is not your name.  You are not afraid of the cold winter, but you are the first to bloom in spring.  The first gentlemen standing on the land dancing fearlessly with spring and a smiling gentleman, I called.


My Friend, you do not mind lying next to the grave, and you do not mind associating with strangers soaking up in holy bath.  But you mind only if fall brings you the beauty of grief or sorrows.  With your haughty attitude in autumn, I do not ask for much.  As maple leaves died out all over the floor just for your tender face.

Orchids, Bamboo and Rock, before 1740, by Zhen...
Orchids, Bamboo and Rock, before 1740, by Zheng Xie (1693—1765). Hanging scroll, ink on paper. The Palace Museum, Beijing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


My Friend, your elegant, free and easy attitude whirling in the wind, bring a pause to my reminiscent for others.  But you are so modest, you do not forbid birds and landscape rivals with you on a manuscript and you give way to a painter’s inspiration.

A shot of an (Cymbidium - cultivar) orchid
A shot of an (Cymbidium – cultivar) orchid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


My Friend, you are infamous.  You uphold the title of a National Flower and people sing so well of your elegant glory.  What else do you lack of?  Your distinctiveness, wholesome and noble sentiments put you high up to the zenith.  Infact, with your independent personality, praises are to you only a title, but a pursuit in the eyes of others.


11 thoughts on “Friend (19) – The Four Gentlemen

    wavensongz said:
    September 26, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I Truly Love this Blog, it’s as though you took on the Life of those FLOWERS. Thank You

      Sydney Fong responded:
      September 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Thank you all ! thanks everybody ! thanks for all the supports ! let share and learn to admire every individual soul,cheers !

    carolynpageabc said:
    September 26, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Wonderful, Sydney. I love your understandings and the way you present them so beautifully… 🙂

    Cathy Ulrich said:
    September 26, 2012 at 10:36 am


    Thank you for this wonderful post. I love the Four Gentlemen! I’m a self-taught Chinese Brush Painter and have painted all four – although I will say that my favorite is bamboo. I’ll post one on my blog sometime for you. This was a beautiful tribute to these symbols of an amazing art form.

    By the way, have you ever seen the work of Xu Bei-Hong? I had the extreme honor of seeing his work at an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum in my home state of Colorado last year. He is an amazing master of the brush and I was almost in tears when I saw his original pieces. His horses showed such movement and he captured the life and spirit of the culture.


      Sydney Fong responded:
      September 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Hi Cathy ! Yes, I know Xu Bei-Hong (徐悲鸿) he is one of the most famous artist in painting Horses but sadly his life is short. Anyway thanks for reading my post and I am looking forward to your post too, let’s cheer for the day ! Bye !

    mixedupmeme said:
    September 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I like your idea that “every post has its own characteristic.” It makes one want to come back and find something different and learn something new about the poster.

    I enjoyed your conversation with the flowers. We really should talk to more things in nature as they are beautiful and bring us so much pleasure.

    I have a tendency to talk to inanimate objects. Just this morning I spoke to the corner of a table that happened to get in my way as I was passing by. But I am not very talkative. I only said one word. But I did say it quite loudly and I am sure the table heard me. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you will find something new there each time. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      September 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Hey, the way you describe yourself, I feel that you must be a cute and funny person,thanks for your compliment and let keep it up, cheer!

        mixedupmeme said:
        September 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

        I am a person. lol

    harshit chauhan said:
    September 28, 2012 at 2:35 am

    hey, i would like to connect with you on facebook….pls provide me ur facebook profile link…:) or i’m sending you the link of my facebook account ie.
    add me if your facebook doctrine allows 🙂
    Harshit Chauhan

      Sydney Fong responded:
      September 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

      okay, see you in facebook !

        harshit chauhan said:
        September 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

        will u be sending me request and if not pls send me the link of ur facebook account… i’ll send the request…

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