Nanjing étude 5 untitled (That fellow’s hung like a horse) by AGG & 王梵志

That fellow’s hung like a horse,
Me, hairy as a donkey.
Look behind! He’s packin’ wood,
All links in a daisy chain.

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他人騎大馬
王梵志

他人騎大馬,我獨跨驢子。
回頭擔柴漢,心下較些子。

That fellow rides a big horse
Wang Fanzhi
Translated by Eugene Eoyang

That fellow rides a big horse,
While I straddle a donkey.
Turn around: someone’s toting wood—
So easy to take on airs.

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Nanjing étude 4 untitled (Knowing nothing is being wise) by AGG & 王梵志

Knowing nothing is being wise,
Heart as open as a skull’s grin,
Don’t take yourself too serious,
Even if your mother’s named Graves.

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慧心近空心
王梵志

慧心近空心,非關髑髏孔。
對面說不識,饒你母信董。

Wisdom Approaches Emptiness
Wang Fanzhi
Translated by Andrew Grimes Griffin

Wisdom approaches emptiness,
Doesn’t close the holes in a skull.
Speech will never comprehend it,
Even if your mother’s named Smart.

Depth Charge:
Wang Fanzhi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Fanzhi
http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/poetry/five_poems_by_wang_fanzhi/

The Zen of Copyright: Or, why I talk to a Buddhist Monk who’s been dead for over 13 hundred years

The Dao of Copyright: Or, why a Buddhist Monk who’s been dead for over 13 hundred years talks to me.

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Nanjing étude 3 untitled (When I watched you die that day) by AGG & 王梵志

When I watched you die that day,
My heart was a red-hot flame,
Not from pity or fear, but
Love of our shared human fate.

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無題詩
王梵志

我見那漢死,肚裏熱如火;
不是惜那漢,恐畏還到我。

Untitled Poem
Wang Fanzhi
(Translated by Eugene Eoyang)

I saw another man die:
My stomach burned like fire.
Not that I felt sorry for him:
I was afraid I’d be next.

Depth Charge:
Photographs are of tombstones on Cangshan in Dali, China and on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Wang Fanzhi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Fanzhi
http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/poetry/five_poems_by_wang_fanzhi/

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Nanjing étude 2 untitled (Even the sun’s days are numbered) by AGG & 王梵志

Even the sun’s days are numbered;
Why not write songs to dying stars?
For protection you buy bonds, pray;
Bankers, morticians, priests just smile.

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無題詩
王梵志

世無百年人,
强作千年詩;
打鐵作門限,
鬼見拍手笑。

Untitled Poem
by Wang Fanzhi
(Translated by Eugene Eoyang)

No one lives past a hundred;
Why not write immortal rhymes.
Forge iron to fence off evil—
Demons just watch: clap hands and laugh.

Photographs of Avebury Stone Circle by Eileen Lavery

Depth Charge:
Avebury Stone Circle http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/
Wang Fanzhi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Fanzhi
http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/poetry/five_poems_by_wang_fanzhi/

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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.

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金陵圖
韋莊

江雨霏霏江草齊,六朝如夢鳥空啼。
無情最是台城柳,依舊煙籠十裏堤。

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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