300 POEMS, ALL HAVE NO EVIL – 沈浩波 Shen Haobo

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Shen Haobo
300 POEMS, ALL WITH NO EVIL

Whatever Plato wanted to banish from his Republic
is exactly what Confucius culled from his Book of Songs.
When I suddenly thought of this point
I felt the hairs stand up on my neck.
“The Master didn’t speak of ghosts and demons.”
All those strange beings, mysterious bodies, brave and resilient beauties
culled clean from the books?
If it was really like that
then he must be my enemy, goddamn bastard executioner!

10/16/16
Tr. MW, Jan. 2017

论语为政第二

2·2 子曰:“诗三百,一言以蔽之,曰:“思无邪。”

300poems

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