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From The Village Schoolmaster

Anyone returning to his village can tell his wife
That while things aren't good, he's not desperate either.
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From Buddhist Nun

Many pink-cheeked girls abandon the world.
Many vain spouses break their marriage vows.
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From Tran Quoc Temple

A bell tolls. The past fades further.
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From At the Chinese General's Tomb

If I could change my fate, become a man
Of heroic deed, couldn't I do better?
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From The Scarecrow

I've never stepped out on the road to fame,
Seeking reward only in a little dew or rain.
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From Unwelcome Houseguest

But here you are and I'm happy to see you
Though the house is bare and the market, far off.
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From The Chess Game

Whoever views this bright array will know
The delicious pleasure in making the first move.
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From Heaven Market

Throughout the four seasons, we find flowers and fruits
In this open-air market bound by hills.
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From Questions for the Moon

Weary, past midnight, who are you searching for?
Are you in love with these rivers and hills?
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From Country Scene

A bell is tolling, fading, fading
Just like love. Only poetry lasts.
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From Spring-Watching Pavilion

Where is nirvana?
Nirvana is here, nine times out of ten.
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From Viewing Cac-Co Cavern

Here sweet water spatters down
And the path into the cleft is dark.
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From Old Pagoda

Crowds gather at this door of compassion,
Placing incense sticks on smoking altars.
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From The Lustful Monk

A life in religion weighs heavier than stone.
Everything can rest on just one little thing.
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From Quan Su Pagoda

The monks no longer beat the temple drum.
The nuns just say their beads and then are gone.
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From Young Scholars

Jostling about by the temple door,
They'd like to be scholars but they can't even talk.
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From The Retired Doctor

Finding great peace again and again
He claps out rhythms, shouts out joy.
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From The Condition of Women

Yet, everything must be put in order.
Rushing around all helter-skelter.
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From Consoling a Young Widow

Your funeral cries just hurt our ears.
Stop wailing or you'll shame the rivers and hills.
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From Cats

Proud as stags, they lunge and joust.
Royal tigers, they rear back and roar.

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