Against Frivolous Pursuits Poem by Confucius

Against Frivolous Pursuits

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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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ratnakar Mandlik 11 November 2019

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

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Kayode Are 11 November 2018

Stimulating, philosophical & entertaining.

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* Sunprincess * 18 January 2016

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

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