Love in the river #haiku #photography #Ezrapound

It is our objective at Carpe Diem to distill Ezra Pound’s sorrowful poem: ”The River-Merchant’s Wife” which is a translation of a poem by Li Po (an ancient Chinese poet)

While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead
I played about the front gate, pulling flowers.
You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse,
You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums.
And we went on living in the village of Chokan:
Two small people, without dislike or suspicion.

At fourteen I married My Lord you.
I never laughed, being bashful.
Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.
Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back.

At fifteen I stopped scowling,
I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever and forever and forever.
Why should I climb the lookout?

At sixteen you departed,
You went into far Ku-to-en, by the river of swirling eddies,
And you have been gone five months.
The monkeys make sorrowful noise overhead.

 


You dragged your feet when you went out.
By the gate now, the moss is grown, the different mosses,
Too deep to clear them away!
The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.
If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kiang,
Please let me know beforehand,
And I will come out to meet you
As far as Cho-fo-Sa.
I have chosen to distill Pound’s words using haiku:
the pond
Aged fingers close
grasping the love of my youth
river flows away

Celebrate Beginning #photography

day begins

life begins

“The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.” 
― Ezra Pound

In celebration of a new weekly photo challenge hosted by Ese over at Ese’s Voice. For week one “Beginning”  – Come join us!

Photography: “Day Begins” Life Begins” © L. Moon 2013

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About Ezra Pound: (1885-1972) “Of all the major literary figures in the twentieth century, Ezra Pound has been one of the most controversial; he has also been one of modern poetry’s most important contributors.”

Hugh Kenner stated (of Pound’s work as a poet), “There is no great contemporary writer who is less read than Ezra Pound.”

Pound supported little known writers like Frost, Joyce, T.S. Eliot. As a result of his political reviews/ commentaries, Pound was incarcerated from 1943 to 1958.

Thanks to the Poetry Foundation for the biographical information about Pound.

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