Blossom Falling Wind by A Lu Wei (translation)

Blossom Falling Wind 落梅風 is a poetic form written to the tune of a melody.  Two phrases; the first with three lines of 3, 3, 7 characters and the second with two lines of 7 characters that follow a tonal sequence.

This poem was written during the Mongol occupation of China by a Mongolian poet, in Chinese.  Like the Manchurians who will later occupy China, the conquerors who coveted Chinese culture were in turn consumed by it.

Blossom Falling Wind by A Lu Wei (1280 – 1350)

A melody of a thousand years

Erased in a single morning

Only the ashes of paper money

Returns on the evening breeze

The cuckoo in the misty trees

Calls in vain till its throat bleeds

For the return of that spring dream

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017

落梅風。阿魯威

千年調,一旦空,惟有紙錢灰晚風送。
盡蜀鵑啼血煙樹中,喚不回一場春夢。

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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11 Responses to Blossom Falling Wind by A Lu Wei (translation)

  1. gaiainaction says:

    Beautiful words Mary, thanks for your translation.

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  2. taphian says:

    It’s so beautiful, dear Mary and I’m sure you did a great job to translate it in a moving way, thanks for sharing, have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  3. Your preamble, as usual, was helpful as an aid to understanding

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  4. “A melody of a thousand years / erased in a single morning” is a very strong line & suggests something terrible, considering the poet is a Mongol in an occupied land.

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