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Song Dynasty statue of Laozi in Quánzhōu 泉州, Fujian

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史耐德









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Laozi Says
        Gary Snyder 1930-

Laozi Says
To forget what you know is best.
That's what I want!
To get these sights down,
Clear, right to the place
Where they fade
Back into the mind of my times.
 
Lǎozǐ Shuō
Lǎozǐ Shuō
Wàngquè nǐ suǒzhī zhī shì zuìhǎo.
Nàjiùshì wǒ yào de!
Bǎ zhèxiē jǐngxiàng jìxiàlái,
Qīngxī dì, yī zhí jì dào
Tāmen xiāoshī zhī chù
Huídào wǒ de shídài zhī xīnlíng zhōng.

 
Translator: Zhong Ling 鍾玲

Notes:
I am indebted to Gary Snyder for the Chinese translation of this poem. Gary kindly sent me a copy of the book in Chinese about Gary and his life and poetry; 美國詩人史耐德與亞洲文化 by 鍾玲 Zhong Ling, printed in Taiwan.

 
 
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