Thursday, April 09, 2020

Thursday Poem - Swiftly

Swiftly the years, beyond recall,
Solemn the stillness of this fair morning.
I will clothe myself in spring clothing,
And visit the slopes of the Eastern Hill.
By the mountain stream a mist hovers,
Hovers a moment, then scatters.
There comes a wind blowing from the south
That brushes the fields of new corn.

T'ao Ch'ien (translation by Arthur Waley) 

Reginald Blyth thought the Chinese poet T'ao Ch'ien's creation was the finest poem ever written. We are still several weeks away from seeing new corn, but the eight lines are (for me anyway) the essence of April and springtime.


Barbara Rogers said...

It does evoke springtime beauty.

Tabor said...

This poem was even more special because it was written by a person from China.