poet Confucius

Confucius

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Against Frivolous Pursuits

Like splendid robes appear the wings
Of the ephemeral fly;
And such the pomp of those great men,
Which soon in death shall lie!
I grieve! Would they but come to me!
To teach them I should try.

The wings of the ephemeral fly
Are robes of colors gay;
And such the glory of those men,
Soon crumbling to decay!
I grieve! Would they but rest with me,
They'd learn a better way!

The ephemeral fly bursts from its hole,
With gauzy wings like snow;
So quick the rise, so quick the fall,
Of those great men we know!
I grieve! Would they but lodge with me,
Forth they would wiser go.

Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 18, 2010

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (11/11/2019 10:48:00 PM)

    A profound write with valuable advice for leading a worthy life.

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  • Kayode Are (11/11/2018 11:52:00 AM)

    Stimulating, philosophical & entertaining.

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/18/2016 8:50:00 AM)

    .........a wonderful write...advising against frivolous pursuits ★

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