Facing the Sea with Spring Blossoms
--after Hai Zi
Starting tomorrow, I’ll be a happy man,
grooming my horses, chopping my wood, travelling anywhere.
Starting tomorrow, I’ll raise grains and veggies
and live in a house facing the sea with spring blossoms.
Starting tomorrow, I’ll write all my dear ones
to report my happiness.
I’ll tell everyone I’m struck – by blessed lightning.
I’ll give every river – every mountain -- a loving name.
Strangers all, I wish you every bliss.
May you have an incandescent future.
May you spend your life with one you love.
May you enjoy every happiness in the world.
I only want to face the sea with spring blossoms.
--tr. Duane Vorhees