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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Arrival of Spring (a song by Chang Shih)

Today -- as the Magnolia buds are beginning to unfurl on our front lawn -- I'm going all in on the arrival of spring with this translation of a poem by Chang Shih, which is part of the Poems of the Masters, the classic anthology of Tang and Song verse.

The light comes back
A year has passed
Ice and frost now rare

Spring returns
For every man
Grass and trees
Well knowing

The thrust of life
Spreads everywhere
To all the senses showing

The East wind blows
On waters green
The ripples outward

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