Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
Fan, Sheng Kung
Part VII: Poems of vision and action: on his thirty third [sic] birthday, p. 426 PDF (733.7 KB)
Kenneth Rexroth, poet, playwright, translator, critic, and anarchist philosopher, is one of the major heroes of the counter-culture. His COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS, COLLECTED LONGER POEMS, and CLASSICS REVISITED are among his more recent books. His translation of Sheng Kung Fan's poem in this issue appears in his forth- coming book, CHINESE POEMS OF LOVE AND THE TURNING YEARS. ON HIS THIRTY THIRD BIRTHDAY by Sheng Kung Fan More than thirty years have rushed By me like a runaway Chariot. I too have spent My life rushing here and there From one end of the country 426 To the other. I long for The homestead where I was born A thousand mountain ranges away. Like yellow leaves in The decline of summer a Few white hairs have already Appeared in my head. All my Travels only made tracks In drifting sand. I piled up Learning like a snowball. I crossed mountains and passed Examinations and gave Learned speeches. What did I gain? Better I stayed home And raised prize melons.