Sunday Poesy

by layman k

Speaking my Mind III
        by Yuan Mei
To learn to be without desire
            you must desire that.
Better to do as you please:
            sing idleness.
Floating clouds, and water running…
            where’s their source?
In all the vastness of the sea and sky,
            You’ll never find it.

(from The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry translated by J.P Seaton)