Gliding under my way, the 500-acre softy lake shows a round cloudy sky.

“A burning phoenix shall leap out.” My elegant kindred-spirit chuckles, “From where?”

Falling prostrate in both ears, the bluish hills shrouded with freezing fog roll forward, wring our journey ahead to a thin strip.

“Anywhere!” I flop down on the lotus-leaf boat, frustrated and fatigued.

Cause a shooter with constant emerging ideas can never hit the bull’s-eye, only touching my smooth tassel of Chinese knot can calm me down ephemerally.

Gloaming like layers of skinny wave, my friend breaks off a reed and simply knits it. Shortly I’m surprised to see a red dragonfly spiraling up from his fingertips.

Its wings squeeze the whole night into a thin strip.

Dawn nibbles fluctuating mountains. I readily blow another reed to attract the dragonfly. Soon it drags our peltate boat to the center of lake instead.

Cause a center of powerful man disdains to act evilly in collusion with left or right, only stepping outward can lay the boat under miscellaneous starlight durably.

“Here I stand!” I break off a closed lotus bud, ingenious and indifferent.

Giving way for early birds, the dragonfly falls and kisses the bud condensed yellowish, then the thin strip breaks asunder.

“My wings shall burn like resplendent fireworks,” I murmur alone, roots a secret wish in heart, “for jumping.“

Sailing ahead my way, the circular cloudy sky mirrors a boundless softy lake.

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    Bella Minyo
    Bella Minyo(@bella-minyo)
    1 year ago

    Eliza, your story here sounds so beautiful with how you constructed such an immersive setting! I enjoyed reading your story a lot!

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    1 year ago

    Eliza you have a clever way of entwining words, ideas and images.

    1 year ago

    Hi Eliza – Welcome to the Voice Club! I agree with Avatar Bella Minyo and also Avatar Margarida Brei that your story is uniquely constructed with entwining words and images. Very cool writing, and I look forward to read your next story!

    很高兴认识您。我是美国人 可是我很喜欢很老的中国故事。我也喜欢中国很老的文化。
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    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 year ago

    Hello, Eliza. A warm welcome to Voice club. I agree with those comments above. Such a clever way of writing. Well done.

    I am looking forward to reading your next stories soon.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Eliza Cuihua
    1 year ago


    Julie Harris
    Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
    1 year ago

    I really love this story, Eliza. It is so beautiful, like a poem or a fairy tale. I wish I could have given you a hundred votes! Welcome to Voice club, and please, give us more of this beauty.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 year ago

    Congratulations on your win, Eliza. Keep on writing.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Eliza Cuihua
    1 year ago

    You’re most welcome.

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