'A well-known Japanese poet was asked how to compose a Chinese poem.
'The usual Chinese poem is four lines,' he explained. 'The first line contains the initial phrase; the second line, the continuation of that phrase; the third line turns from this subject and begins a new one; and the fourth line brings the first three lines together. A popular Japanese song illustrates this:
Two daughters of a silk merchant live in Kyoto The elder is twenty, the younger, eighteen. A soldier may kill with his sword, But these girls slay men with their eyes.'
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
Can anyone compose a poem in this style? Shall we have a go at it?