Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Busy Summer Days and Chinese Poetry

Some at wine tastings
another, seems like yesterday
he was so small.
Two, I cannot even imagine
on these surf boards
Another cooking away in New York.
One will soon begin the journey
far over the ocean.
Her first born is discovering
painting talent.  I remember
the easel that once was a gift
and never took the time to be
still and just paint...
For this matriarch - all remains the same
a light shower and gardens look
a little refreshed.
A pocket of peace are
Chinese poetry books
she  finds reading them
 very relaxing.....
Thank you special son
for introducing me to these wonderful words
I will find much pleasure in your collection of
these books...

I admire how easily contentment comes
just sitting here in the midst of all this,
and marveling at the song of heaven,
I blend in a few words and let it
voice my nature: a far-country recluse
caught in nets of human consequence.
My best years offered up day by day,
I trust old age to this mountain return,
a tired bird finding its thick forests,
a worn-out fish back in clear streams
If I ever left here, where would I go---
that people realm all trial and peril?

Mountain Home - The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China
                Translated by David Hinton


mermaid said...

The poem describes you well, Ernestine. I'm so glad you posted it, and your love for your family, too!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

My Dear Kaveri, thank you so much.
I am totaly unfamilar with Chinese poetry. Am amazed at what I am reading. So much of it I relate to. These are poets from long long ago.

Judy said...

I was going to say the same thing! It sounds like you and your place. Beautiful!

Balisha said...

I love reading poetry...I find it so calming.
Those girls are growing by leaps and cute.
Enjoy your family visits.

shannon said...

Ernestine, I,too thought you had written it,until I got to the end!

the wild magnolia said...

Our oriental friends offer such peaceful insight. I loved this poem. It has depth and wisdom and can be thought on again and again.

So many good things to draw out of life and set upon a shelf to remember.

Happy Monday.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Judy, Balisha, Shannon and Sandra, thank you for visiting.
Love what I am reading. A dozen books of Chinese poetry are welcome through the coming months.