On the Birth of a Son by Su Tung-Po (Su Shi)

Families when a child is born
Hope it will turn out intelligent.
I, through intelligence
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope that the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he’ll be happy all his days
And grow into a cabinet minister.

From: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/3155

Date: c1060 (original); 1918 (translated)

By: Su Tung-Po (Su Shi) (1037-1101)

Translated by Arthur Waley (1889-1966)

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One Comment to “On the Birth of a Son by Su Tung-Po (Su Shi)”

  1. Love this one.

    Happy New Year.

    DG

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