The Lone Firefly by Bai Yu Chan (translation)

A Song Dynasty poem translated into English:

The Lone Firefly by Bai Yu Chan (1194 - 1229)

In a still night I cool by the water in a pavilion

Above the reeds I spy a lone firefly

In a flash it flies across the silvery pond

Scattered stars surface on the ebb and flow

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017

孤螢。白玉蟾 (1194-1229)




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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18 Responses to The Lone Firefly by Bai Yu Chan (translation)

  1. angela1313 says:

    I am learning so much from your translations and enjoying the learning. Teasing out a good flow of English from the Chinese seems to be both art and science and you do it beautifully.

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  2. taphian says:

    wonderful poem with a lot of atmosphere that I really like, dear Mary

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  3. zdunno03 says:

    Reblogged this on Leonard Durso and commented:
    another translation from Mary Tang on her blog Life is But This

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  4. arlingwoman says:

    Beautiful word picture!

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  5. Sunshine Jansen says:

    Thanks, I needed that! (muscles relaxing) :)

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  6. The suddenness of everything is so present. There is something astonishingly immediate about the action, like the flick of a fisherman’s wrist.

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  7. I can see a painting in that poem! Very beautiful, Mary! :)

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