Sunday, December 23, 2007

To Goretti; paraphrases of two Chinese poems

(Inspired by the translation of two poems engraved on antique jade plaques, in the collection of Goretti Lee Roberts.)

hat delight
taking tea
    in the bower
by the banana plant
    bamboo and fir tree
rustling in rhythm
    with the pitter-patter
of the rain
    the bright moon above


These fine sensible souls
    contentedly resting
where flowers prosper
    after strenuous day's walk
heartfelt pleasure
    upon sight of full moon
presiding over mountains and lakes


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