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There is no way back;
we go and never return.
Death lies up ahead
and birth behind;
further and further away
and more so.
No road, no friendly sign;
just the leaves falling on the patio,
the bitter weeds on the graves
turning bitterer still.
– Rua Breathnach –
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After LU CHI (261-303)
Man lives only a moment;
the Moon is forever renewed.
What can we do to capture life´s enigmatic plenitude?
Good and bad operate at cross purposes;
the Moon is forever resolved;
and after a hundred years who of us will be around?
It is sad to see the rivers slip away;
the present time escape us, always one step ahead.
The Moon is full again.
We say the wisdom of the Ancients was all-encompassing.
And yet, whose soul is moved today?
The Moon looks on ironically.
Granted, it is difficult to pin down what merit consists of;
each new endeavour riddled with mistakes,
but how else can we assess that which outlives us?
Either that, or nothing whatever survives.
The Moon is grinning like a cat.
Racked with doubt the sage sighs –
What else can he do but sigh deeply?