Sunday, June 10, 2012


The Simple Life

Yuan Mei (1716–1797), Nearing Hao-pa, tr. J.P. Seaton:
(I saw in the mist a little village of a few tiled roofs and joyfully admired it.)

There's a stream, and there's bamboo,
there's mulberry and hemp.
Mist-hid, clouded hamlet,
a mild, tranquil place.
Just a few tilled acres.
Just a few tiled roofs.
How many lives would I
have to live, to get
that simple.

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