Sunday, January 04, 2009


Enjoying Isolation

Lu Yün, The Valley Wind (tr. Arthur Waley):
Living in retirement beyond the World,
Silently enjoying isolation,
I pull the rope of my door tighter
And stuff my window with roots and ferns.
My spirit is tuned to the Spring-season:
At the fall of the year there is autumn in my heart,
Thus imitating cosmic changes
My cottage becomes a Universe.
Jasper Francis Cropsey, Cabin on Greenwood Lake

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