Confucius

(551– 479 ( BC) / China)

Against Frivolous Pursuits - Poem by Confucius

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 about Against Frivolous Pursuits by Confucius

  • (11/11/2018 11:52:00 AM)

    Stimulating, philosophical & entertaining. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/18/2016 8:50:00 AM)

    .........a wonderful write...advising against frivolous pursuits ★ (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 18, 2010



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