Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday Morning Poetry


A poem, long overdue

In my hand, dated 3/1/05
A copy of
Manual of Painting & Calligraphy: A Novel

On page 83
In the margin
I wrote, not dated, in Chinese:

"Right at this moment (I am) in a restaurant
Next to fuhao binguan [Big Lord Hotel]
Waiting for my Sour Vegetable Fish

And Mashed Garlic Bitter Vegetables
In the air, "Auld Lang Syne"
Is playing
5 girls are
keeping me company
from a distance..."

next to that
near the bottom
I wrote, both in Chinese and English:

The Age of Formidable Women
in an echo to the line in the book (pg. 83):
"In this age of formidable women"

ah, what day is today, the 3rd of January 2005
even death dies
leaving me stonily alone

writing this lone overdue poem
I meant
long, sorry, not lone

~ by Ouyang Yu


The picture doesn't really match the words except that I took it last year on January 3rd.

4 comments:

Ally said...

Beautiful photo. I always like ones that show a path of some sort.

As for the poem, well-- I've never really figured out poetry so I'll choose to believe that it's true meaning fits perfectly with the photo!

joyce said...

is it crazy to love the randomness that poetry can be? I say no!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Beautiful! I hope you are off to a wonderful 2013 Relyn!

xo Mary Jo

Marilyn said...

Such a fascinating way to write a poem. I like it. I like also your photo.

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