Pomegranates

unknown 19th century parakeet pomegranate19th century, possibly French School

Pomegranates

It rained last night. The pomegranates,
Red and orange-red,
Have all burst open into flower.

Not to be comforted,
I sit in this cool pavilion
Set in a lotus lake
And under its glass-bead curtains wait
For my closed heart to break.

Sin Hum (1566-1628)
Translated by Graeme Wilson

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Published in: on August 11, 2015 at 8:12 pm  Comments (5)  
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5 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. beautiful

  2. So beautiful.

  3. Oh. Great picture but that poem — thank you for sharing it! It makes me think of Persephone lost and alone. The image of rain as glass bead curtains is perfect.

  4. Does anyone know how to secure permission for reprinting Graeme Wilson’s translations? Thank you

    • I assume you’d get in touch with one of his publishers.


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