Bai Juyi

(772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi)

Enjoying Pine and Bamboo


I treasure what front eaves face
and all that north windows frame.

Bamboo winds lavish out windows,
pine colors exquisite beyond eaves,

I gather it all into isolate mystery,
thoughts fading into their source.

Others may feel nothing in all this,
but it's perfectly open to me now:

such kindred natures need share
neither root nor form nor gesture.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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