Belgium 1806: 21 francs
Begonia (issued 4-15-2000)

21st Anniversary Cake
on 21 years of 1st meeting

21-petalled Chamomile
9th Fibonacci number

Happy 21st Anniversary
                               for Cathy

"Happy 5th anniversary to us"
she emailed me to celebrate
our first meeting at Foothill
Middlefield Lab on May 8, 2000—

It was V-E Day, her Dad's birthday
as well as Truman and Gary Snyder.
Since then, I've kept up the tradition
with May 8 postmarks and covers.

Found a 21st anniversary
cake, flower with 21 petals,
21 francs stamps from Belgium,
and a poem from A.E. Housman—

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say
Give pearls away and rubies
But not your heart away.

She knew both my physical and
spiritual mentors at Cornell—
Harold Scheraga & Anthony Damiani.
Wrote her a "Mango Mystery" poem.

Just realized her email has a "5",
mine has an "8" linking to May 8.
I'll celebrate with her favorite
writer, Taoist sage Lao Tzu—

Verse 21 of Tao Te Ching:
The Master keeps her mind
always at one with the Tao
that's what gives her radiance.

    — Peter Y. Chou
        Mountain View, 5-8-2021