Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lotus Blossom Poem

June 2

Heat lingers                                                       
As days are still long;
Early mornings are coolLotus & lily pads
While autumn is still young.
Dew on the lotus
Scatters pure perfume;
Wind on the bamboos
Gives off a gentle tinkling.
I am idle and lonely,
Lying down all day,
Sick and decayed;
No one asks for me;
Thin dusk before my gates,
Cassia blossoms inch deep.

Po Chu-I (772-864) Autumn Coolness, translated by Howard S Levy and Henry Wells

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