Sonntag, 23. März 2014

Poem: The Philosopher

"Those who speak do not know.
Those who know do not speak."
These words, I was told,
were spoken by Laozi.

We are asked to believe,
that Laozi himself was one who knew.
How did it happened then,
that he wrote a book five thousand words long?

This is a poem by Bai Juyi.
It was written in China about 800 CE,
during the late Tang Dynasty.

Translated by Martin Boedicker