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偶成 - A Zhu Xi Poem

weather: cloudy
outside: 9.3°C
mood: ...
I'm in awe of Zhu Xi's profoundness.


shào

nián


lǎo

xué

nán

chéng
 


cùn

guāng

yīn



qīng
 

wèi

jué

chí

táng

chūn

cǎo

mèng
 

jiē

qián




qiū

shēng

朱熹

As youth ages, so learning decels.
An inch of precious time is not to be ignored.
In an unawakened pond, Spring grass dreams,
Before the front steps, the parasol tree leaves already signal Autumn.

— Zhu Xi

階 is a terrace or a flight of steps, in the physical sense, but this character is also used for "rank" and "class". The Chinese have always associated education with social stratum.

The parasol tree. If you've ever seen one, a firmiana simplex, they're usually very dense with leaves and they really block sunlight.

And of course, life is but one cycle of the seasons.

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