Subscribe: by Email | in Reader

Qingdao: December -- Vikram Seth

Guest poem submitted by H. K. Tang:
(Poem #1356) Qingdao: December
 Here by the sea this quiet night
 I see the moon through misted light.
 The water laps the rocks below.
 I hear it lap and swash and go.
 The pine-trees, dense and earthward-bent,
 Suffuse the air with resin-scent.
 A landward breeze combs through my hair
 And cools the earth with salted air.

 Here all attempt in life appears
 Irrelevant.  The erosive years
 That build the moon and the rock and tree
 Speak of a sweet futility
 And say that we who are from birth
 Caressed by unimpulsive earth
 Should yield our fever to the trees,
 The seaward light and the resined breeze.

 Here by the sea this quiet night
 Where my still spirit could take flight
 And nullify the heart's distress
 Into the peace of wordlessness,
 I see the light, I breathe the scent,
 I touch the insight, but a bent
 Of heart exacts its old designs
 And draws my hands to write these lines.
-- Vikram Seth
Vikram's poems remind me of poems from the Tang Dynasty.  It is hardly
surprising since he translated Tang poems.  "Qingdao: December" is taken
from his collection 'All You Who Sleep Tonight'.  The first few lines
immediately mesmerize with the tranquility of a seaside town on the
eastern coast of China.  The rhymes and measures fuse so naturally with
the surroundings being described that one hardly notices the clever
structure of the poem.  This I guess is the beauty of Vikram's art, it
soothes and hypnotizes.  The poem ends with a magical snap by referring
to a "bent of heart exacts its old designs and draws my hands to write
these lines".  It is a wonderful illustration of how rest and
relaxation, ironically one may say, stimulate the creative mind.

H. K. Tang

37 comments: ( or Leave a comment )

John Edwards said...

I have to agree with everything in this post. Thanks for the useful information.
psychic readings

Anonymous said...

I get a lot of referrals from this site.
I also wrote in a blog: lowongan kerja 2013, lowongan kerja terbaru, info lowongan kerja and lowongan kerja.

Space Matters Real Estates said...

Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return. Plots for sale in Hyderabad
Plots for sale in Banjara Hills
Plots for sale in Jubilee Hills
Plots for sale in Manikonda
Plots for sale in Madhapur
Plots for sale in kondapur
Plots for sale in Gachibowli
Plots for sale in Kukatpally

Obat Acemaxss said...

Still listening article you serve to make me be inspired in makes work creating articles or information that could be useful,, interesting and easily understood.
Thank you very much for sharing and I wait for your next post.
survivors welcome the new year
visit Obat Herbal Gagal Ginjal Tanpa Cuci Darah

Obat Herbal said...

Seberat apapun beban masalah yang kamu hadapi saat ini, percayalah bahwa semua itu tidak pernah melebihi batas kemampuan kamu.

herbaldenature said...

Banyak orang yang merasa terganggu dengan penyakit ambeien. Karena ambeien merupakan penyakit yang munculnya di bagian dubur atau anus. Tapi ternyata pengobatan ambeien tidak harus selalu secara medis namun kini ada http://wasirambeienherbal.com/cara-mengobati-benjolan-wasir-secara-alami.html. Memang cara pengobatan itu tergantung dari si penderita. Bisa mengobati secara medis maupun secara tradisional. Semuanya bisa dilakukan sesuai dengan keinginan penderita mana yang dirasa lebih mudah. Untuk lebih jelasnya silahkan baca artikel kami selengkapnya

Blog ini menjual obat herbal kutil kelamin, karena Jika penyakit ini terus dibiarkan maka gejala juga akan terasa menyakitkan. Mengenai proses munculnya, kutil pada pria ini bisa hadir dalam bentuk datar atau berukuran besar dan berkelompok. Ciri yang paling umum dari kutil kelamin ini adalah bentuknya yang menyerupai kembang kol. untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjungpengobatan kutil kelamin tanpa operasi



http://www.obatdenature.com/obat-kemaluan-keluar-nanah/Dan kondisi ini dapat semakin parah dan kemudian menimbulkan berbagai macam komplikasi seperti peradangan sendi dan infeksi jantung. Hal yang seperti ini dapat dicegah dengan mengenali gejala awalnya, sehingga penyakit ini tidak bertambah parah. untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjunghttp://se-intelligence.com/mengobati-kemaluan-keluar-nanah.html

Post a Comment