In the courtyard there grows a strange tree,
Its green leaves ooze with a fragrant moisture.
Holding the branch I cut a flower from the tree,
Meaning to send it away to the person I love.
Its sweet smell fills my sleeves and lap.
The road is long, how shall I get it there?
Such a thing is not fine enough to send:
But it may remind him of the time that has past since he left
cited: Trans: Arthur Waley. A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems, Project Gutenberg
Note: The poem above is one of a series known as the Nineteen Pieces of Old Poetry. Some have been attributed to Mei Shēng (first century b.c.), and one to Fu I (first century a.d.).
This week’s lens-artists challenge (spring) is hosted by Tina
13 replies to “lens-artists photo challenge: spring”
Magnificent post Brenda, truly. Loved the poem and your images, especially the treatment of the flowers and tree
Thank you Tina. A haiku poet once noted that to be able to write poetry one needed to first study Chinese poetry. Interesting.
Interesting indeed. I found it quite beautiful.
What a cool post, I love it!
Thank you for taking the time to visit and share your thoughts. I enjoyed reading “cool post.” 🙂
Thank you, Somali. Be safe. Be well.
Thank you, John. Be safe!
Tulips are always the first to show up for spring. Beautiful captures!
Yes…Lilacs are often a spring time message.
Such a super post .. wonderful images 🙂
Thank you Julie. Please be safe and well
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