Category Archives: Translation

For use when a poem has been translated

THE KEEPER OF FLOCKS – XLIV

I suddenly wake up at night, And my watch occupies the whole night. I no longer feel Nature outside. My room is one dark thing with walls dimly white. Outside there is a stillness as if nothing exists. Only the … Continue reading

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TAO TE CHING – VI

The earth spirit will never die As she bears the mysteries of love. Love being the only gateway to truth, That timeless truth of beings and things. Those who see fleetingly feel her joy Yet never extinguish the eternal flame.

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THE KEEPER OF FLOCKS – XLVII

On a breathtakingly clear day, A day when I had a desire to work hard Yet hearing her was like not working on anything, I saw a glimpse, like a road through the trees, Of what may be her Biggest … Continue reading

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THE KEEPER OF FLOCKS – VI – II

Thinking of God is to disobey the Lord, Because God intended that we do not even know each other. That is why he does not show to us … Let us be simple and calm, Like the streams and the … Continue reading

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THE KEEPER OF FLOCKS – IV

This evening the thunder crashed Down from the slopes of the sky Like a huge boulder… Like someone from a high window Was shaking out a tablecloth, And the crumbs, that fall all together, Make some noise when they fall, … Continue reading

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