Villages In The Hills, Five Quatrains, No. 1


 
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Villages In The Hills, Five Quatrains, No. 1
Su Shi 1036-1101

An old man of seventy wears a sickle at his waist,
He’s grateful the bamboo shoots and ferns in the          
        spring hills are sweet.
Was it Shao music that made him lose interest in food?
For three months he’s had no salt for his meals.
 
Shāncūn Wǔshǒu, Dìyī
Sū Shì 1036-1101

Lǎowēng qīshí zì yāo lián,
Cánkuì chūnshān sǔn jué tián.
Qǐ shì wén Sháo wàng jiě wèi,
Ěrlái sān yuè shí wú yán.
 
Translator: Ron Egan 艾朗諾

Notes:
From Ron Egan's definitive book on Su Shi (Su Dongpo), Word Image and Deed In The Life Of Su Shi, Harvard University Press. Used with permission. Professor Egan teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California.

 
 
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