Posts Tagged ‘Wang Wei’

Wang Wei 王维 & Han Yu 韩愈

6月 21, 2021

Han Yu (768-824)
PENNED DRUNK FOR SECRETARY ZHANG

Chang’an playboys‘ plates
brim with reeking meat.
No drinking poetry,
just wine in red skirts.
Full after dinner,
they buzz like mosquitoes.
My buddies and me
are stinking and free.

Translated by MW in June 2021

photo by Chun Sue

Wang Wei (701-761)
GRÜNER BACH

Gelber Blütenstrom, vorher grüner Bach.
Windet sich vom Berg, fünfzig Meilen durch.
Tost in Felsen drin, wird bei Föhren still.
Fließt mit Wassernuss, spiegelt Kraut und Schilf.
Am Bach ist mir leicht, am Strom werd ich ruhig.
Lass mich auf dem Stein angeln bis zum Schluss.

Übersetzt von MW im Mai 2021

 

青溪
王维

言入黄花川,每逐青溪水。
随山将万转,趣途无百里。
声喧乱石中,色静深松里。
漾漾泛菱荇,澄澄映葭苇。
我心素已闲,清川澹如此。
请留盘石上,垂钓将已矣。

 

WANG WEI’S GRAVE – 王维墓

5月 10, 2019

Martin Winter
WANG WEI’S GRAVE

Wang Wei’s Grave.
Key research zone,
No entrance!
Something with aviation.
Wang Wei up in heaven
smiles at the foreigner
who brings a child
under his tree,
the gingko he planted,
father & son hiding under their hoods,
stealing close
to his stone
to read his poetry
in language from far, far away.

Written in Chinese on April 13, 2019
on location, a factory site near Xi’an.
Translated in Mai 2019

《王维墓》

维马丁

王维墓
科研重地
禁止入内
好像跟航天有关系。
王维在天上
笑着看见
在他种的
银杏树下
有外国诗人
还带孩子
都戴上帽子
偷偷靠近,
对他的幕牌
用外语
读他的诗。

2019,4,13

 

 

LIKE A BELL I SIT IN CHANG-AN: Yi Sha

10月 23, 2014

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Yi Sha
Song dynasty lyrics: Qing Ping Yue
for Martin

Frost state has no temples,
but there are times to see each other.
In my country, small people keep chirping.
Beyond the skies I am finding my friends,
red maple leaves on the trails in green hills,
streams keep on flowing.
Two people born in the year of the horse:
We raise our heads, go like the wind.

Written 10/16/14 at Vermont Studio Center
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014

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Yi Sha
SONG OF VERMONT
(Tang dynasty style)

Green peaks raise blue skies,
clear brooks meet in ponds.
Maples reflected –
is this the real world?
Wang Wei walked here
to his Journey’s End.
Frost stopped in woods,
we have miles to go.
I am just a guest,
with geese flying south.
Red leaves send us off,
snowflakes greeting spring.

Written 10/16/14 at Vermont Studio Center
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014

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Yi Sha
RED LEAVES (Tang dynasty quatrain)

Have met frost, heart’s still warm.
So in this fall I meet red leaves.
Should we cover all the roads?
Like a bell I sit in Chang-An*.

Written 10/15/14 at Vermont Studio Center
Tr. MW, Oct. 2014
*Chang-An: Today called Xi’an, capital of China through 13 dynasties. Yi Sha’s home town.

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