Cold Mountain by Ai Xing Fu (translation)

At last we are getting some cold weather in Sydney.  We don’t have frost on the lower north shore but I hear that it is rampant elsewhere.   So for some of us this poem is timely.

Ai Xing Fu, a poet of the late Song and early Yuan Dynasty era left a large body of work but there is no record of his dates.

 

Cold Mountain by Ai Xing Fu

The mountain quivers in the wind that flags the wild geese down

Snatching the sound of a fisherman’s cold sporadic song

A stream of frosted leaves runs like the great ape’s blood

Eclipsing the red of the setting sun for miles and miles

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017

 

寒山。艾性夫

山影飄搖落雁風,寒歌斷續釣魚翁。

一溪霜葉如猩血,奪盡斜陽十里紅。

 

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 Cold Mountain by Ai Xing Fu (translation)

  1. robert okaji says:

    What a striking poem and translation! I will wake with this one tomorrow.

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  2. zdunno03 says:

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

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  3. arlingwoman says:

    Wow, in this one the motion is an agent of the cold “wind that flags the wild geese down.” The idea of a mountain shivering (one sees quaking trees) drives the idea home.

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  4. Very interesting simile for the “frosted leaves”, the “great apes blood”. Any idea to the meaning?

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