Paintings are accompanied by the author's poems. Translated into English by Andrey Kneller
Painting on Xuan paper, 45 x 34 cm, 2000
Bamboo – nature labored, creating
Its own outward form of perfection.
The honor of being admired
Was breathed into its foundation.
Bamboo, for the everyday people,
Is supper and shadow and shelter;
For the eyes and the heart of a poet
It’s change from a deep insufflation.
Just look at its stem growing swiftly,
Resembling feelings of rapture,
Adorned with the grace of its leaves,
Refined with a maidenly stature.
Go sit by the pond, overgrown —
Its rustle will bring you elation.
Sip wine from the cup, as you marvel
At nature’s amazing creation
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