Su Shi (Su Dong-po)

Caught in the Rain on My Way to the Sandy Lake Listen not to the rain beating against the trees. Why not walk slowly while chanting at ease? Better than a saddle I like sandals and cane. I’d fain In a straw cloak, spend my life in mist and rain. Drunken, I am sobered by … Continue reading “Su Shi (Su Dong-po)”

Caught in the Rain on My Way to the Sandy Lake

Listen not to the rain beating against the trees.
Why not walk slowly while chanting at ease?
Better than a saddle I like sandals and cane.
I’d fain
In a straw cloak, spend my life in mist and rain.

Drunken, I am sobered by the vernal wind shrill
And rather chill.
In front, I see the slanting sun atop the hill;
Turning my head, I see the dreary beaten track.
Let me go back!
Impervious to rain or shine, I’ll have my own will.

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