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Saturday 15 February 2014

Down by the River


Habitats No. 4 (Yangtze River): photo by wang yuanling, 13 June 2011

After Wang Wei

Chilling down by the water
stopped to watch clouds drift
clouds drift clouds drift
bumped into mr. green
talked laughed forgot
it was time to go

Chilling down by the water: Wang Wei (699-759), English by TC

The subjective city -- No. 1. A balloon on the banks of the Yangtze River, Chongqing: photo by wang yuanling, 15 March 2009

Fog in the river (Yangtze): photo by wang yuanling, 15 October 2009

Helmet (Chongqing): photo by wang yuanling, 2009 [posted 25 February 2010]

Rowing (Chongqing): photo by wang yuanling, 11 june 2010

In the fog (Chongqing Wulong): photo by wang yuanling, 4 June 2010

The subjective city -- No. 10. The gang (Chongqing): photo by wang yuanling, 17 March 2009

The subjective city -- No. 25. (Flood, Yangtze River, Chongqing): photo by wang yuanling, 27 July 2009

Bridge (Chongqing): photo by wang yuanling, 2009 [posted 7 January 2010]


Nin Andrews said...

I love this. I love the Mr. Green. Was there a Mr. Green in the original? And what is that helmet, that red balloon on the motorbike?

TC said...

About the red balloon helmet, one would like to think the fellow on the bike has everything under control.

Mr. Green owes his existence to Translator's Liberty.

Poet Red Shuttleworth said...

Just the thing for my soggy Columbia Basin morning!!! Beautiful and hilarious!!!

ACravan said...

This is lovely and loose and precise at the same time. Reading up on Wang Wei, I noticed Su Shi's comment: "The quality of Wang Wei’s poems can be summed as, the poems hold a painting within them. In observing his paintings you can see that, within the painting there is poetry." I think you've captured that here. We adopted Jane in China and experienced Pearl River promenading in Guangchou and had numerous conversations about the recently receded flooding near Wuhan, our adoption city. The pictures remind me of our trip, which was a long time ago now and actually seems even longer than the actual number of years might suggest. Much water under the bridge since then. Curtis

Nin Andrews said...

Oh, I like Translators Liberty!

Mose23 said...

Soggy in Brummagen too

talked laughed forgot
it was time to go

Still here.

TC said...

A lurker has pipped up a wee squeak of a backchannel suggestion to the effect that the red balloon helmet is in fact a set of umbrellas.

And I'm so like no way.

Dude's got trouble enough as it is.