Plum Blossoms 梅花 by Wang Anshi 王安石 (Translation)

I have been admiring the photographs of chrysanthemums posted by northern hemisphere bloggers. Chrysanthemums are the Chinese symbol of Autumn but here in Sydney, it is near Spring. Already there are leaf buds on deciduous trees and I am thinking of the blossoms of Prunus, the Chinese symbol for Spring.

This is my translation of a poem by the Song 宋Dynasty poet 王安石Wang Anshi.  My reading is in Cantonese.

At the corner of the garden walls

On the branches of a plum tree

Flowering alone against the cold

I see blossoms from afar and

Know it is not snow

For thence came that subtle fragrance

(c) Mary Tang  鄧許文蘭 2015



About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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4 Responses to Plum Blossoms 梅花 by Wang Anshi 王安石 (Translation)

  1. Mary Tang says:

    Reblogged this on Life is But This and commented:

    This poem that I translated in 2015 has been visited frequently so I am posting it again here:


  2. Sunshine Jansen says:

    This is perfect; while all the signs and portents of autumn are assaulting me here in the north, thanks to you, my head can be in the season where all this beauty is just beginning! :)

    Liked by 1 person

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