Year of the Pig — A Haiku

Calm, compassionate,
But insecure and naive,
Last in the cycle.

© Jade M. Wong

Written for The Urban Spaceman’s 12 Months of Writing. This month’s theme will be animals and Urban Spaceman started us off with the pig, since last year corresponded with the Year of the Pig. Following that inspiration, for my haiku, I decided to delve a little more into the Chinese culture behind the zodiac.

People born in the Year of the Pig are considered to have one of the calmest natures of all the 12 animals in the zodiac. They are believed to be compassionate, tactful, and generous. On the contrary, their negative traits include being naive, insecure, and hypercritical.

There are different versions of the zodiac lore that explain why the Pig is the 12th and last animal in the zodiac. One myth states that when the Jade Emperor hosted a great race to determine the animals of the zodiac, the pig got hungry while racing, stopped for a meal and then fell asleep. Another variation states that the pig was too stout and slow of a swimmer to compete with the other animals. Regardless, the Pig is the last in the cycle. 

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