Nanjing étude 1 Jinling Landscape/Nanjing Dream by AGG & 韋莊

Five years with you in Nanjing
Was a dream of dragonflies.
The wutong trees, old stone walls
Uncaring have forgotten.




Jinling Landscape by Wei Zhuang

Rain drizzles on the river, grasses stand in even array.
The Six Dynasties gone like a dream, birds vainly sing.
Most heartless of all are the willows of the Imperial City,
Still as of old a misty cage along the three-mile dike.

Jinling is one of the ancient names for Nanjing.

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One thought on “Nanjing étude 1 Jinling Landscape/Nanjing Dream by AGG & 韋莊

  1. Reblogged this on Mumbling Jack and commented:
    More than just two gorgeous little four line poems here. This deceptively simple conjoining Andrew Griffin has done of his own “Nanjing Dream” and Wei Zhuang’s “Jinling Landscape” gets right down into some of what I think poetry might be, what all art might be: our attempt to reconcile transience and permanence, to make our experience of consciousness coherent enough to communicate to each other. There are more than a thousand years between these two poems, but it might as well be two seconds. As far as the poets are concerned it’s a current conversation of “D’ya see?” “Yeah, I see.”

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