Plum Blossoms by Wang Mian (translation)

The Mongols occupied China during the Yuan Dynasty.  The poet Wang Mian (1287 – 1359) was an artist famed for his paintings of the plum blossoms that flower against the cold, a symbol of endurance and resistance.

Plum Blossoms by Wang Mian

By March the snow is banished by the east wind

The mountains of Hunan are dripping with green

A far-flung flute is heard but no one sees it

Countless falling flowers traversing the wilds

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017




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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10 Responses to Plum Blossoms by Wang Mian (translation)

  1. zdunno03 says:

    Reblogged this on Leonard Durso and commented:
    Mary Tang’s translation of Wang Mian on her blog Life is But This


  2. Interesting how you got the alliteration into this one – I wouldn’t know if it is there in Chinese

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  3. Sunshine Jansen says:

    “A far-flung flute”… I will go into serious withdrawal when you decide you’ve had enough of this. :)

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  4. Got two in my garden. i love them.

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