Monday, January 24, 2011

"Nothing can be done about flowers falling away"

With a cup of wine, listening to songs of new words,
In the same pavilion tower and last year's weather.
The sun is setting in the west, but when will it return?

Nothing can be done about flowers falling away,
The swallows, seeming acquaintances, are coming back.
Along fragrant paths of the little garden I alone pace to and fro.

Yan Shu, Song Dynasty
Uncredited translation from China Page

Painting by Huang Quan, 10th century

1 comment:

jmcleod76 said...

"Flowers fall amid our longing, and weeds spring up amid our antipathy." — Dogen Zenji

Some translations phrase this in a way that makes clear that the difference between weed and flower is one of longing or antipathy.