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Watching the play of ripples is endless pleasure


© 2010
BASID #851

Beth Ames Swartz
Watching the play of ripples is endless pleasure
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 60" (1.22m x 1.52m)
2010

 

 

白石灘

White-Rock Shallows

 

 

 

 

裴迪

Pei Di (active 750 a.c.e., Chinese)

 

 

跂石復臨水

Standing on the rocks, gazing at the rapids below,

弄波情未極

Watching the play of ripples is endless pleasure.

日下川上寒

At sunset, itís cold on the river.

浮云澹無色

Clouds drift by, ordinary, without color.

 

 

 

 

王維

Wang Wei (701Ė761 a.c.e., Chinese0

 

 

清淺白石灘

White Rock Rapids are clear but shallow.

綠蒲向堪把

Green rushes bunch, rustling nearby.

家住水東西

Houses stretch east and west of the water.

浣紗明月下

Women wash gauze under a bright moon.

 

 

††††††††††††††† Many critics believe Wang Weiís best poetry to be the Wang Stream Collection, a set of twenty quatrains written by Wang Wei with his friend, Pei Di. The two men composed verses evoked by twenty named sites at Wang Weiís country estate; each poetís quatrain was meant to harmonize with that by the other poet.