Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Arbour to Joyful Rain - though he's not so joyful - poem by Su Shi / Dong Po

That's him.

The Arbour to Joyful Rain

Should Heaven rain pearls, the cold cannot wear them as clothes;
Should Heaven rain jade, the hungry cannot use it as food.
It has rained without cease for three days -
Whose was the influence at work?
Should you say it was that of your Governor,
The Governor himself refers it to the Son of Heaven.
But the Son of Heaven says "No! It was God."
And God says "No! It was Nature."
And as Nature lies beyond the ken of man,
I christen this arbour instead.


by Su Shi / Dong Po (1037-1101) / translated by Herbert A. Giles

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