Up to the top, I loved to go

For WCP: Up and Cee’s Fun Fotos: Stairs

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When young I never did know the taste of woe or sorrow,

Up to the top (floor), I loved to go;

Up to the top (floor), I loved to go—

For to compose new verses, I feigned my sorrow and woe.

Now sorrow and woe I’ve tasted, and the bitterness withal,

To speak, I wish, and yet I stall;

To speak, I wish, and yet I stall—

O how fair though chilly this autumn! I say, after all.

by XinΒ S Ji in the Song Dynasty (960 to 1127 AD). Translated by Andrew W.F. Wong

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38 thoughts on “Up to the top, I loved to go

  1. Amy, wonderful words and pics… the ee cummings poem has always been one of my favourites, and the Chinese one was amazing. As for those steps and the beautiful foliage – poetry themselves, and the wonder of the tree….

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    • That’s one of my favorites too! The Chinese poet did this poetry to express his contentment and dis-contentment of his journey only in a few beautiful words, and it was amazing. I can say that I don’t “feigned my sorrow and woe” as I did some decades ago. Appreciate your comment, so glad you let me share it with you. Have a nice week, Valerie!

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