Chinese coin


coin from my boot 1

Haven’t tossed coins

To read the I Ching

In many years

Don’t know what happened

To my three Chinese coins

Bought for the purpose

From a coin convention

Pre-Ebay days

When it was the only way

To buy unusual things


Today I took my slouch boots

Off the shelf

Wear them four times a day

To work out on the elliptical

And my new treadmill

What was that in my boot?

When the work-out song ended

Hopped off and dumped the boot

Half expecting a gecko or worse,

A palmetto bug

(Oh, please, let it not be the flying kind)

Old Chinese coin tumbled onto the

Plywood floor of the exercise yurt


Well, markings not as good as entrails

And only one coin would not make a

Decent hexagram

So googled it in images

Temporarily ignoring the meaning

Of it being in my boot for no reason

Since I had worn the boot 3 hours previously



Identified it and learned all sorts of trivia

A beloved pastime for me

The characters determine the dynasty—year—

The coin was minted

And because it was from a 60-year dynasty

It had the powers of a charm

Sixty years of a dynasty represent longevity

Very good luck

But also a pledge of love

And the coin

Could be worn like an engagement ring


Ah, love…nothing gets me looping like love

I laugh at my OCD and largely ignore it

So I put the coin into my gris-gris bag

And immediately forgot about it?

No, immediately obsessed some more

How did it get there?

Impossible to have fallen from somewhere

What could it mean?



Why oh why am I not talented enough

To figure things out for myself

I can do it for others

But never for myself

Somehow I know this is important


Well, only one thing to do:

Fire up my kindle and ask the

I Ching app for help:


Sky above fire below (fellowship)

Sky above thunder below (innocence)


Seems like I have to stay in touch with

Community for fellowship purposes

Almost impossible since retiring

I have no desire to be around people

Just nature and dogs

Seems like I have a pure heart but

Must work at retaining it

Ah, so much for the question of love


This is an appropriate guidance for


International Day of Peace Month

I’m somewhat disappointed

Because although I’m aging

I still await my prince charming

Even if he is old and gray

Where is the personal meaning

I mean, could some guardian angel

If there be guardian angels out there

Toss that coin in my boot

To give me hope

That life has more in store for me?


Well, perhaps not, but

I will try to remember to

Continue good thoughts toward

The world community

And recall that all we need is love…

© 2015 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)