Rich, Sour, Bittersweet is based on an old Chinese painting of three men tasting vinegar, the men being Confuscious, Buddha and Laozi of Confuscionism, Buddhism and Taoism respectively.
The following four poems are each of their philosophies expressed separately and then interrelated. They were written such that the first word of the parent poem is the first word of the first child poem (Confuscious), the second word of the parent poem being the first word of the second child poem (Buddha) and the third word the same for Laozi's poem. I repeated the process, generating each word of any child poem from the third following word in the parent poem.
I hope you enjoy the taste of vinegar!
Below is a table of contents. Click the title of any poem to read it. At the bottom of the page is an audio block where you can stream the audio recordings. You can also visit the anthology’s archive by clicking the download link below.
-Confuscious tastes the vinegar.
-Buddha tastes the vinegar.
-Laozi tastes the vinegar.
-All three taste the vinegar.