U Win Kyi

Taiwan Number Four - Poem by U Win Kyi

In Taiwan dialect, death is pronounced ' seet'
Number 4 is also pronounced ' seet. '
So death and 4 have the same pronunciation
but with a different meaning.
4 is regarded bad omen as unlucky,
scary and spooky
as the number 13.
In high-rise hospital building
there is this superstition.
But there is a clever way of numbering the floors.
It is F1, F2, F3, F5, F6 and on...skipping F4.
The logic is so simple
for a patient admitted to hospital.
He is thus avoided lying in seet bed at seet floor (bed no: 4 and 4th F)
both sounded as death bed and death floor.
Otherwise he would surely die from depression
caused by superstition
rather than the disease or infection.

Comments about Taiwan Number Four by U Win Kyi

  • (12/17/2009 7:22:00 AM)

    This poem confuses me,
    please try to understand.
    Can it be simplified
    so I can seet in my mind,
    then I'll vote for it a 10
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 17, 2009

Poem Edited: Friday, December 18, 2009

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