Friday, October 11, 2013

Poem of the Week: Nan-King

A delightful Chinese poem.  I love this one because, to me, when I read it, it feels as if I am gazing down the corridors of history.

To the City of Nan-King
Li Po

Thou that hast seen six kingdoms pass away,

Accept my song and these three cups I drain!

There may be fairer gardens light the plain;

Thine are the dim blue hills more fair than they.

Here Kings of Wu were crowned and overthrown,

Where peaceful grass along the ruin wins;

Here — was it yesterday? — the royal Tsins

Called down the dreams of sunset into stone.

One end awaits for all that mortal be;

Pride and despair shall find a common grave:

The Yang-tse-kiang renders wave and wave

To mingle with the abysms of the sea.

Have a good weekend, dear readers!

Miss Melody Muffin

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