Nature Poems by Wang Wei


1 “Lotuses Awaft”


Bamboos a-rustle:
washerwomen bustling back;
Lotuses awaft,
and here comes down the fishing-smack!

[Chu hsűan kwei huan nű
Lien tung hsia yű chou.]

2 “The Hill-Bird”


the Hill-Bird cries shrilly
Off and on –
Below –
in the Spring Valley.

[Yueh ch’u ching shan niao
Shih ming ch’un chien chung.]

3  “The Bright Moon”


Among the pines
the moon shines brightly;
Upon the shingle
clear waters spring lightly.

[Ming-yueh sung-chien chao
Ch’ing-ch’űan shih-shang liu.]

Wang Wei (701 – 761), sometimes titled the Poet Buddha, was a Tang Dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter and statesman.

He is best known for his quatrains depicting quiet scenes of water and mist, with few details and little human presence.

The Chinese calligraphy is by yours truly.

Dear Readers,

You number over 45,000 since January 2015, when I first began to put “some of my thoughts, written down” and posted them in the blogosphere. Since that time, many of you have urged me to seek support of my site and my writings by way of donations.

 My blog is about my life. It’s about what I’ve learned through the span of my life. It’s about things I love, and things I know and things I have experienced. I am humbled that so many of you want to join with me in my reflections. If you like what you find here, if it inspires or informs or amuses you, then I am content.  
It would mean a lot to me if you would consider making a donation of US $1.00, $5.00, $10.00, or whatever amount you deem fit to sustain my work.
And thank you for being a regular reader of the Azim Mayadas Blog!

Copyright © 2016 Azim Lewis Mayadas

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *