Du Fu: At Peach Tree Village

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At Peach Tree Village

题 桃 村
小 径 升 堂 旧 不 斜
五 株 桃 树 亦 从 遮。
高 秋 总 馈 贫 人 买
来 岁 还 舒 满 眼 花。
帘 户 每 宜 通 乳 燕
儿 童 莫 信 打 慈 鸦。
寡 妻 群 盗 非 今 日
天 下 车 书 正 一 家。
Ti Tao Cun

Xiao jing sheng tang jiu bu xie
Wu zhu tao shu yi cong zhe.
Gao qiu zong kui pin ren mai
Lai sui huan shu man yan hua.

Lian hu mei yi tong ru yan
Er tong mo xin da ci ya.
Gua qi qun dao fei jin ri
Tian xia che shu zheng yi jia.

 

Peach Tree Village

After these years, my small worn footpath to the main house is no longer straight
Five peach trees force me to walk around them.
Taller by autumn, they make a tangible gift to this poor person
In the coming years I can relax with eyes full of flowers.

Curtained windows and doors suitable for the newborn swallows
All of my children attack mother crows, not sympathetic to their plight.
Today there is no more stealing from the army widows
Down here on earth, each household now united and following the governmental edicts.

 

Commentary:

Attack mother crows: Chinese in general hold a low regard for crows. They represent bad omens, as well as making loud and dissonant sounds. In their old age, mother crows are often fed by their children.

 

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