Grace Leigh


The Chinese Zodiac - Poem by Grace Leigh

The Ox
Key Traits: Strong-willed, determined, ambitious, stubborn
Likes: Jade, emeralds, sports, gardening, music
Dislikes: Feeling insecure, playing games, making small-talk
Love: Loyal, caring, steadfast lovers
Famous Oxen: George Clooney, Bill Cosby, Jack Nicholson, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep
Ox people are private and don't care a whole lot for socializing
Instead, they prefer a calm, quiet way of life
They move at a slow, steady pace-plowing through life-not venturing far from home
If you were born under the sign of the Ox, you live an orderly existence
But because you are cautious, you may appear stubborn and unyielding
However, you will do well at your chosen profession and can look forward to achievement in your field of endeavor
Moving at your own speed, independently of others, is your ideal
Being in business for yourself may be the best working situation since you are disciplined and ambitious
Harness on the yoke and you'll be on your way to success
This is especially true of women, who can combine home and business, giving them the best of both possible worlds

The Tiger
Key Traits: Bold, adventurous, generous, impulsive
Likes: Rubies, diamonds, mystery novels, cooking
Dislikes: Compromise, bad manners, not being in charge
Love: Passionate, sincere, a true romantic
Famous Tigers: Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jodie Foster, Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell
Occupying the 3rd position on the Chinese Zodiac, the tiger is the symbol of power
Tiger people are powerful, authoritative, and magnetic,
just as tigers that walk on four legs inspire fear and respect
In the world of Chinese astrology,
Tigers are considered a lucky sign
Tigers prefer a straightforward approach to life and love
Their strength is to lead by example, with an energy of fairness and justice
Once they make up their mind, they will not change it, no matter what
Tigers rely on their instinct, taking what they want
Sometimes, people with the tiger sign may go to extremes,
too silent or too aggressive.
People love to step on the tail of the tiger, stripe stripe from skin, but it is the nature of tiger people to rise.
Although their personality is tough, tiger people are rich in love
Tigers are romantics-wanting to love and be loved
The nature of the beast means Tigers are restless
However, when the perfect mate is found, Tigers settle down with all the intentions of making it last forever
They are seen as the guardian of children, ward of the household

The Rabbit
Key Traits: Peace-loving, shrewd, prudent, perceptive
Likes: Pearls, crystals, emeralds, reading, hiking, gossip
Dislikes: Messy places, sudden change, too much physical contact
Love: Romantic, passionate, sensitive lovers
Famous Rabbits: Drew Barrymore, Nicolas Cage, Whitney Houston, Brad Pitt, Tiger Woods
Rabbits are generally quiet creatures who prefer to keep out of the spotlight
But this doesn't mean they are loners
In fact, Rabbits get along very well with others, and rarely lack for friends or lovers
They enjoy parties and social events
These emotional and sentimental people would never intentionally hurt someone else,
but they are easily hurt by criticism or thoughtless treatment from others
Rabbits make good business people since they are shrewd negotiators and excellent diplomats
Once a Rabbit settles on an occupation, he or she sticks with it,
rather than hopping from one job to another
Rabbits are blessed with good health and longevityHowever, they may be prone to allergies or intestinal disorders
Regular exercise should be made part of any Rabbit's routine
since they tend toward sedentary careers.

The Dragon
Key Traits: Active, confident, honest, lucky
Likes: Opals, sapphire, astrology, dinosaurs
Dislikes: Being bullied, negativity, people who don't pull their weight
Love: Faithful, sincere and demanding
Famous Dragons: Roseanne, Sandra Bullock, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams
Dragons are amazing folks-flamboyant, vibrant, and filled with energy
They inspire and surprise others and thrive on drawing attention to themselves
They are born achievers and won't let anything,
or anyone, stand in their way.
Courage, leadership and impatience are three of the Dragon's principal traits
They thrive on new challenges and are constantly setting new, loftier goals
However, they sometimes get carried away by their own intensity,
and mistakes can happen
But Dragons recover quickly and are then off to the next task
Dragons shy away from marriage and commitment
They relish their independence and feel shackled by the bonds of matrimony
However, if and when they do settle down,
they remain loyal and faithful lovers

The Snake
Key Traits: Wise, thoughtful, guarded, slow-moving
Likes: Jasper, topaz, photography, painting
Dislikes: Noisy crowds, mistakes, being stood up
Love: Seductive, strongly sexed and possessive
Famous Snakes: Tim Allen, Kim Basinger, Tracy Chapman, Charlie Sheen, Brooke Shields
Snakes are charming, sophisticated and sexy-in a subtle way
They are private people and deep thinkers
It takes them a while to decide what they want,
but when they know, they move toward their goals with ease
Snakes are intelligent and successful without being pushy or overly aggressive
They are interested in many subjects-especially psychic matters
They are secretive and rarely let anyone know their private thoughts
While they can be social,
they also need to be left alone.
The wisdom of Snakes is often sought by others
They make excellent mediators and judges with their careful analysis of any situation
Hard physical labor is not in the cards for SnakesThey prefer intellectual challenges instead
In the love department,
Snakes are very choosy
and take their time picking a mate
However, they are seductive, sultry and possessive

The Horse
Key Traits: Active, alert, sociable, self-centered
Likes: Turquoise, topaz, athletics, theater, music
Dislikes: Being ignored, jealousy, loss of independence
Love: Passionate and faithful-when the right partner is found
Famous Horses: Cindy Crawford, Harrison Ford, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta
Horses are lively, straightforward, quick-witted and elegant
They enjoy a challenge,
but they will gallop away if they feel dominated
Horses like new things,
and their adventurous spirit means they live life to the fullest
They don't stay around long if what they are doing seems pointless
Horses are an outgoing breed who make friends easily-and for a lifetime
They love the nightlife and socializing and are never short of invitations or dates
Their quick sense of humor and easygoing attitude attract people to them like bees to honey
Horse people fall in love all the time
Every relationship seems to be perfect, at first
They are passionate and faithful-and willing to risk everything for love
Their first few relationships probably won't last long,
but Horses have the great ability to learn from past mistakes
When they find the right partner, it will last forever

The Goat
Key Traits: Creative, kind, easygoing, sensitive
Likes: Sapphire, jade, tennis, movies, clothes
Dislikes: Inefficiency, conflict, being alone
Love: Affectionate and caring
Famous Goats: Mel Gibson, Julio Iglesias, Nicole Kidman, Pamela Anderson, Bruce Willis
These intelligent creatures don't like to be rushed or pressured into anything, and that includes love
They can be moody and sullen,
yet they are also loving, sensitive and talented
Highly artistic and imaginative,
they often appear to be living in their own world
Goats are so easygoing,
yet they are inclined to worry about everything under the sun and need constant reassurance
Shy and sympathetic to others,
Goats are easily intimidated and become very upset by confrontations
While Goats love being in the company of others, they may appear reserved and a bit aloof on first meeting
They have no desire to stand in the spotlight,
and prefer to be influential in their own quiet way
With their affectionate and caring nature,
Goats make the perfect domestic partner
What they want most in life is a loving partner and comfortable home

The Monkey
Key Traits: Versatile, charming, sociable, clever
Likes: Crystal, aquamarine, word games, dancing
Dislikes: Being told to be quiet, being unpopular
Love: Captivating, but fickle
Famous Monkeys: Celine Dion, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Elizabeth Taylor
These bright, witty creatures adapt easily to any situation
They love to socialize and easily capture the attention of others with their zany antics
Monkeys excel in linguistics and are regular chatterboxes,
making them the life of the party
This gift of gab comes in useful when they need to talk themselves out of trouble-something that occurs frequently
They are restless animals, however,
and find it hard to settle down to a routine
If their progress in completing a task is taking too long,
they lose interest and abandon the goal
Monkeys can also be crafty,
using any trick in the book to get what they want
In financial matters, the Monkey is shrewd and clever,
profiting from any scheme.
When in love, they are captivating,
but fickle-and sometimes find it difficult to remain true to just one partner

The Rooster
Key Traits: Methodical, efficient, proud, candid
Likes: Diamonds, rubies, golf, singing, hiking
Dislikes: Bad manners, being teased, taking orders, dirty places
Love: Sincere, caring, loyal
Famous Roosters: Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Goldie Hawn, Matthew McConaughey, Bette Midler
Up early and always alert,
Roosters make the most of each and every day
They may seem fussy with their constant preening,
but Roosters have an eye for detail,
and they like to do things the right way
With a remarkable memory,
Roosters know a little bit about everything
If there's a debate raging,
a Rooster will jump into the ring,
astounding nearby listeners
They are fascinating and entertaining people to be around
There is a thin line between the Rooster's confident,
self-assured manner and his or her own vanity
On the down side,
Roosters are rather picky and particular
They also may be domineering and difficult to live with
But once a Rooster is settled down with the partner of their choice,
they will be a devoted partner and a helpful parent.

The Dog
Key Traits: Honest, trusting, perceptive, cynical
Likes: Carnelian, jasper, gardening, crafts, cooking
Dislikes: Temper tantrums, disloyalty, hurt feelings
Love: Loyal
Famous Dogs: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Shirley MacLaine, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon
Like man's best friend,
loyalty is the key element of the Dog's personality
They are dependable,
no-nonsense people who are sincere and good-natured
They hate hypocrisy, arrogance and phony pretentiousness
Down-to-earth and honest as they come,
Dogs are governed by a keen sense of right and wrong
They can quickly assess a person's character, and they don't bother with those people they don't care for
These strong-willed individuals stand up for the causes they believe in
The Dog may not be as ambitious as the Dragon or the Rooster,
and the Dog may not have the clever mind of the Monkey
But when it comes to a loving and devoted partner, a Dog is steadfast and selfless and aims to please

The Pig
Key Traits: Sincere, sociable, hard-working, stubborn
Likes: Coral, lapis lazuli, shopping, dinner parties
Dislikes: Arguments, an empty wallet, an empty refrigerator, injustice
Love: Sensual and passionate
Famous Pigs: Woody Allen, Farrah Fawcett, Val Kilmer, Winona Ryder, Arnold Schwarzenegger
In the West, calling someone a pig is not considered polite
But in the East, the pig is sincere, honest, genial, and hard-working-all very positive attributes
Pigs love people and look for charitable causes and help those less fortunate with their good deeds
However, this trusting nature is often abused by those who want to take advantage
Pigs are known for being peace-makers and avoiding confrontations at all costs
In money matters, they have the capacity to earn a lot, but they also like spending it
And they take great delight in buying presents for others
Having people over for dinner is a cause for celebration
They like nothing better than to break out the best
When it comes to love,
the Pig is passionate and sensual-a pleasure seeker who throws him of herself into marriage with abandon

The Rat
Key Traits: Charming, sociable and restless
Likes: Diamonds, garnets, crafts, interior design
Dislikes: Routine, being poor, watching the clock
Love: Romantic, attentive, passionate lovers-but they do tend to play the field
Famous Rats: Ben Affleck, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, David Duchovny, Mary Tyler Moore
Unlike the Western concept of a rat,
in Chinese culture,
Rats are intelligent, captivating and loving people They have a magnetism that easily attracts members of the opposite sex
Male and female Rats are romantic and fall in love at the brush of a whisker
They prefer to mate for life and dislike being alone.Both male and female Rats like to take the initiative, which can make for a lively relationship
The Rat loves to party and appreciates the finer things in life
Improving his or her social level and standard of living is very important
This makes the Rat a hard worker
Rats are thrifty and cautious about spending their hard-earned cash
However, a buying spree is a common release
So are whimsical purchases-especially when the Rat is buying something for a romantic partner

The Ox
Key Traits: Strong-willed, determined, ambitious, stubborn
Likes: Jade, emeralds, sports, gardening, music
Dislikes: Feeling insecure, playing games, making small-talk
Love: Loyal, caring, steadfast lovers
Famous Oxen: George Clooney, Bill Cosby, Jack Nicholson, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep
Ox people are private and don't care a whole lot for socializing
Instead, they prefer a calm, quiet way of life
They move at a slow, steady pace-plowing through life-not venturing far from home
If you were born under the sign of the Ox, you live an orderly existence
But because you are cautious, you may appear stubborn and unyielding
However, you will do well at your chosen profession and can look forward to achievement in your field of endeavor
Moving at your own speed, independently of others, is your ideal
Being in business for yourself may be the best working situation since you are disciplined and ambitious
Harness on the yoke and you'll be on your way to success
This is especially true of women, who can combine home and business, giving them the best of both possible worlds

The Tiger
Key Traits: Bold, adventurous, generous, impulsive
Likes: Rubies, diamonds, mystery novels, cooking
Dislikes: Compromise, bad manners, not being in charge
Love: Passionate, sincere, a true romantic
Famous Tigers: Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jodie Foster, Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell
Occupying the 3rd position on the Chinese Zodiac, the tiger is the symbol of power
Tiger people are powerful, authoritative, and magnetic,
just as tigers that walk on four legs inspire fear and respect
In the world of Chinese astrology,
Tigers are considered a lucky sign
Tigers prefer a straightforward approach to life and love
Tigers are strong-willed
Their strength is to lead by example, with an energy of fairness and justice
Once they make up their mind, they will not change it, no matter what
Tigers rely on their instinct, taking what they want
Sometimes, people with the tiger sign may go to extremes,
too silent or too aggressive.
Although their personality is tough, tiger people are rich in love
Tigers are romantics-wanting to love and be loved
The nature of the beast means Tigers are restless
However, when the perfect mate is found, Tigers settle down with all the intentions of making it last forever
They are seen as the guardian of children, ward of the household

The Rabbit
Key Traits: Peace-loving, shrewd, prudent, perceptive
Likes: Pearls, crystals, emeralds, reading, hiking, gossip
Dislikes: Messy places, sudden change, too much physical contact
Love: Romantic, passionate, sensitive lovers
Famous Rabbits: Drew Barrymore, Nicolas Cage, Whitney Houston, Brad Pitt, Tiger Woods
Rabbits are generally quiet creatures who prefer to keep out of the spotlight
But this doesn't mean they are loners
In fact, Rabbits get along very well with others, and rarely lack for friends or lovers
They enjoy parties and social events
These emotional and sentimental people would never intentionally hurt someone else,
but they are easily hurt by criticism or thoughtless treatment from others
Rabbits make good business people since they are shrewd negotiators and excellent diplomats
Once a Rabbit settles on an occupation, he or she sticks with it,
rather than hopping from one job to another
Rabbits are blessed with good health and longevityHowever, they may be prone to allergies or intestinal disorders
Regular exercise should be made part of any Rabbit's routine
since they tend toward sedentary careers.

The Dragon
Key Traits: Active, confident, honest, lucky
Likes: Opals, sapphire, astrology, dinosaurs
Dislikes: Being bullied, negativity, people who don't pull their weight
Love: Faithful, sincere and demanding
Famous Dragons: Roseanne, Sandra Bullock, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams
Dragons are amazing folks-flamboyant, vibrant, and filled with energy
They inspire and surprise others and thrive on drawing attention to themselves
They are born achievers and won't let anything,
or anyone, stand in their way.
Courage, leadership and impatience are three of the Dragon's principal traits
They thrive on new challenges and are constantly setting new, loftier goals
However, they sometimes get carried away by their own intensity,
and mistakes can happen
But Dragons recover quickly and are then off to the next task
Dragons shy away from marriage and commitment
They relish their independence and feel shackled by the bonds of matrimony
However, if and when they do settle down,
they remain loyal and faithful lovers

The Snake
Key Traits: Wise, thoughtful, guarded, slow-moving
Likes: Jasper, topaz, photography, painting
Dislikes: Noisy crowds, mistakes, being stood up
Love: Seductive, strongly sexed and possessive
Famous Snakes: Tim Allen, Kim Basinger, Tracy Chapman, Charlie Sheen, Brooke Shields
Snakes are charming, sophisticated and sexy-in a subtle way
They are private people and deep thinkers
It takes them a while to decide what they want,
but when they know, they move toward their goals with ease
Snakes are intelligent and successful without being pushy or overly aggressive
They are interested in many subjects-especially psychic matters
They are secretive and rarely let anyone know their private thoughts
While they can be social,
they also need to be left alone.
The wisdom of Snakes is often sought by others
They make excellent mediators and judges with their careful analysis of any situation
Hard physical labor is not in the cards for SnakesThey prefer intellectual challenges instead
In the love department,
Snakes are very choosy
and take their time picking a mate
However, they are seductive, sultry and possessive

The Horse
Key Traits: Active, alert, sociable, self-centered
Likes: Turquoise, topaz, athletics, theater, music
Dislikes: Being ignored, jealousy, loss of independence
Love: Passionate and faithful-when the right partner is found
Famous Horses: Cindy Crawford, Harrison Ford, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta
Horses are lively, straightforward, quick-witted and elegant
They enjoy a challenge,
but they will gallop away if they feel dominated
Horses like new things,
and their adventurous spirit means they live life to the fullest
They don't stay around long if what they are doing seems pointless
Horses are an outgoing breed who make friends easily-and for a lifetime
They love the nightlife and socializing and are never short of invitations or dates
Their quick sense of humor and easygoing attitude attract people to them like bees to honey
Horse people fall in love all the time
Every relationship seems to be perfect, at first
They are passionate and faithful-and willing to risk everything for love
Their first few relationships probably won't last long,
but Horses have the great ability to learn from past mistakes
When they find the right partner, it will last forever

The Goat
Key Traits: Creative, kind, easygoing, sensitive
Likes: Sapphire, jade, tennis, movies, clothes
Dislikes: Inefficiency, conflict, being alone
Love: Affectionate and caring
Famous Goats: Mel Gibson, Julio Iglesias, Nicole Kidman, Pamela Anderson, Bruce Willis
These intelligent creatures don't like to be rushed or pressured into anything, and that includes love
They can be moody and sullen,
yet they are also loving, sensitive and talented
Highly artistic and imaginative,
they often appear to be living in their own world
Goats are so easygoing,
yet they are inclined to worry about everything under the sun and need constant reassurance
Shy and sympathetic to others,
Goats are easily intimidated and become very upset by confrontations
While Goats love being in the company of others, they may appear reserved and a bit aloof on first meeting
They have no desire to stand in the spotlight,
and prefer to be influential in their own quiet way
With their affectionate and caring nature,
Goats make the perfect domestic partner
What they want most in life is a loving partner and comfortable home

The Monkey
Key Traits: Versatile, charming, sociable, clever
Likes: Crystal, aquamarine, word games, dancing
Dislikes: Being told to be quiet, being unpopular
Love: Captivating, but fickle
Famous Monkeys: Celine Dion, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Elizabeth Taylor
These bright, witty creatures adapt easily to any situation
They love to socialize and easily capture the attention of others with their zany antics
Monkeys excel in linguistics and are regular chatterboxes,
making them the life of the party
This gift of gab comes in useful when they need to talk themselves out of trouble-something that occurs frequently
They are restless animals, however,
and find it hard to settle down to a routine
If their progress in completing a task is taking too long,
they lose interest and abandon the goal
Monkeys can also be crafty,
using any trick in the book to get what they want
In financial matters, the Monkey is shrewd and clever,
profiting from any scheme.
When in love, they are captivating,
but fickle-and sometimes find it difficult to remain true to just one partner

The Rooster
Key Traits: Methodical, efficient, proud, candid
Likes: Diamonds, rubies, golf, singing, hiking
Dislikes: Bad manners, being teased, taking orders, dirty places
Love: Sincere, caring, loyal
Famous Roosters: Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Goldie Hawn, Matthew McConaughey, Bette Midler
Up early and always alert,
Roosters make the most of each and every day
They may seem fussy with their constant preening,
but Roosters have an eye for detail,
and they like to do things the right way
With a remarkable memory,
Roosters know a little bit about everything
If there's a debate raging,
a Rooster will jump into the ring,
astounding nearby listeners
They are fascinating and entertaining people to be around
There is a thin line between the Rooster's confident,
self-assured manner and his or her own vanity
On the down side,
Roosters are rather picky and particular
They also may be domineering and difficult to live with
But once a Rooster is settled down with the partner of their choice,
they will be a devoted partner and a helpful parent.

The Dog
Key Traits: Honest, trusting, perceptive, cynical
Likes: Carnelian, jasper, gardening, crafts, cooking
Dislikes: Temper tantrums, disloyalty, hurt feelings
Love: Loyal
Famous Dogs: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Shirley MacLaine, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon
Like man's best friend,
loyalty is the key element of the Dog's personality
They are dependable,
no-nonsense people who are sincere and good-natured
They hate hypocrisy, arrogance and phony pretentiousness
Down-to-earth and honest as they come,
Dogs are governed by a keen sense of right and wrong
They can quickly assess a person's character, and they don't bother with those people they don't care for
These strong-willed individuals stand up for the causes they believe in
The Dog may not be as ambitious as the Dragon or the Rooster,
and the Dog may not have the clever mind of the Monkey
But when it comes to a loving and devoted partner, a Dog is steadfast and selfless and aims to please

The Pig
Key Traits: Sincere, sociable, hard-working, stubborn
Likes: Coral, lapis lazuli, shopping, dinner parties
Dislikes: Arguments, an empty wallet, an empty refrigerator, injustice
Love: Sensual and passionate
Famous Pigs: Woody Allen, Farrah Fawcett, Val Kilmer, Winona Ryder, Arnold Schwarzenegger
In the West, calling someone a pig is not considered polite
But in the East, the pig is sincere, honest, genial, and hard-working-all very positive attributes
Pigs love people and look for charitable causes and help those less fortunate with their good deeds
However, this trusting nature is often abused by those who want to take advantage
Pigs are known for being peace-makers and avoiding confrontations at all costs
In money matters, they have the capacity to earn a lot, but they also like spending it
And they take great delight in buying presents for others
Having people over for dinner is a cause for celebration
They like nothing better than to break out the best
When it comes to love,
the Pig is passionate and sensual-a pleasure seeker who throws him of herself into marriage with abandon

Topic(s) of this poem: self discovery

Form: Free Verse


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Poem Edited: Friday, October 26, 2018


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