Eugene Levich

On Returning To My Village... By He Zhizhang - Poem by Eugene Levich

Small child I left, old man I returned
Local accents unchanged, my temples white...
Children and I recognition!
They smile, then ask, 'Where are you from? '

囘鄉偶書 Hui2 xiang1 ou2 shu1

賀知章 He4 Zhi1zhang1

少小離家老大回 Shao4 xiao3 li2 jia1 lao3 da4 hui2
鄉音無改鬢毛催 Xiang1 yin1 wu2 gai3 bin4 mao2 cui1
兒童相見不相識 Er2 tong2 xiang1 jian4 bu4 xiang1 shi4
笑問客從何處來 Xiao4 wen4 ke4 cong2 he2 chu4 lai2

Topic(s) of this poem: longing

Comments about On Returning To My Village... By He Zhizhang by Eugene Levich

  • Bri Edwards (4/28/2017 7:32:00 PM)

    accents or accent's OR accidents?

    ok, not accidents. it could be either of the others i guess.

    like that guy who fell asleep (in a woods?) in U.S. years ago [1769] and woke up decades later, older and unknown to the people where he used to live. oh, yeah: Rip Van Winkle. i thought at first: Rumpelstiltskin? ?

    i couldn't read the Chinese today. i forgot my reading glasses.

    bri :)
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 1, 2015

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