Poems with paintings

Jonathan Chaves [tooltip content= “The Columbia Book of Later Chinese Poetry (Columbia University Press, 1986)”] [source][/tooltip]

Paintings of Fishermen

Two poems to the tune “The Fisherman”

1.
West of the village, evening rays linger on red leaves
as the moon rises over yellow reeds on the sandbank.
The fisherman moves his paddle,
thinking of home-
his pole, lying in its rack, will catch no more fish today.

2.
Drunk, he leans back in his boat,
fishing alone for tortoise;
calmly he enters the sea, and rides his boat
out on the tides.
“Let the waves strike,
let’s float with the wind!”
He crosses his arms at his chest and lets the paddle go.

Jonathan Chaves [tooltip content= “The Columbia Book of Later Chinese Poetry, Jonathan Chaves (ed.) (Columbia University Press, 1986)”] [source][/tooltip]