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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Aspects of the void (P'o)

Jewels of jade and pearl are put in the mouths
Of the illustrious dead
To conserve their bodies.
They do them no good, but after a thousand years,
They feed the robbers of their tombs.
As for literature, it is its own reward.
Fortunately fools pay little attention to it.
...
In all the world, good and evil,
Joy and sorrow, are in fact
Only aspects of the Void.
Su Tung P'o, from "The Weaker The Wine"

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