from Recollections of West Lake: Lyric 3 by Ou-yang Hsiu

painted skiff with a load of wine, and West Lake’s good.
lively music from pipes and strings
wine cups quickly passed along
secure afloat on calming waves
slip off
to drunken stupor

the clouds float on beneath the moving boat
sky and the water, pure and fresh
look up, look down, stay, or go on
seems there’s another heaven
in this Lake

translated by Jerome P. Seaton

5 thoughts on “from Recollections of West Lake: Lyric 3 by Ou-yang Hsiu

    • I’ll have to check out that anthology. I keep returning to Sunflower Splendor but I think that is out of print now. But if you can find a copy used somewhere, I recommend you buy it. You’ll find much pleasure in those pages.

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