"The word 'Da' at the end of the poem was purely intended to be a sound. The word itself doesn't have a significant meaning besides it resembles the sound of a clock ticking . . . and since the allusion to the clock was being used, enhancing the atmosphere that life is in vain by introducing the consistency and cold cruelty of time seemed a good ending to me at the time." - Shouzheng Chen, 11th grade, Regina High School.