Monday, October 1, 2012

T'ao Ch'ien



T'ao Ch'ien (365-427)

Translated by Arthur Sze

Returning to the Fields and Gardens (II)

I plant beans below the southern hill:
there grasses flourish and bean sprouts are sparse.
At dawn, I get up, clear out a growth of weeds,
then go back, leading the moon, a hoe over my shoulder.

Now the path is narrow, grasses and bushes are high.
Evening dew moistens my clothes;
but so what if my clothes are wet –
I choose not to avoid anything that comes


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