Chinese Martial Arts (new rhymes)
Emei chasing Shaolin,
Deep in grasses and trees does Songshan Mountain stay.
Kunlun impaling Kongtong,
Taiji turns into love all hates.
On Wudang there always goes a Wushu contest,
Eight-diagram Palm holding all fates.
The high wind knows sturdy grasses,
Laughing when watching the false and the true play.
* Emei(峨眉), Shaolin(少林), Kunlun(昆仑), Kongtong(崆峒), Taiji(太极)and Wudang(武当)are all Chinese traditional martial art schools and also the names of mountains where they were set up.
On Reading Ma Zhiyuan’s Autumn Thoughts
In Confucius, Laozi and Mozi we see
Old Tree, Wild Vine and Epiphyllum flashing.
In Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism we see
High mountains, flowing water and cottages meditating.
Heroes of Spring and Autumn and Warring States fly free
Like winter and summer steeds on the old path.
With benevolence, fraternity and universal love,
At the end of the world, the vagrant still roams far.
* Confucius, Laozi and Mozi are three of the most influential schools of Chinese ancient philosophy.
Ode to Pear Blossoms
Styles of operas in pear garden pass on the ancient tragedy,
Singing in different tunes the same Pear Blossoms, the ode.
The bitter rain patters with mixture of accents;
Ends of the earth all lonely windows behold.
Love or hate flying with the snowflakes,
With fragrance, warmth or cold, sorrow or joy flow.
Orioles twittering for the sun shining,
With the chilly moon and broken stars, dreams of mandarin ducks go.
* Ode to Pear Blossoms(梨花颂)is the theme song of the new historical Peking Opera “Tang Dynasty Princess”, belonging to the Peking Opera and now also sung by many genres of Chinese drama and opera. The content directly echoes the love theme of Emperor Ming and Concubine Yang in the great Tang Dynasty.