Today’s poem is a nice short one: “Qingming,” or “Tomb-Sweeping day,” by late Tang Dynasty poet Du Mu (803 – 852).
The title refers to the traditional Qingming holiday, on which people would – and still do – go to tend the tombs of their ancestors.
A longer poem tomorrow, by Ouyang Xiu. Happy Thanksgiving to US readers, unless you voted for Bush.
Du Mu: Tomb-Sweeping Day
Tomb-Sweeping Day, and the rain spatters down.
On the road, travellers are too mournful to bear.
Where’s a tavern, I cry, and a lad points the way
To a village far off in the apricot trees.