Have you grab your tea or coffee? If so, let’s begin. This is one of my favourite poems that I have came across last year in late September. I discovered it while researching extensively about Chinese philosophy and history for a module that I was very excited to be enrolled in. This poem was written by the renowned Chinese Poet Bai Juyi (白居易) in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) whose works have made contributions even in the Japanese literature classic the Tale of Genji
Ethnically as a south Asian ( Indian/ Sri Lankan), who was born and raised in Southeastern Asia ( Singapore) , I have happily immersed myself in a vast variety of Asian cultures including East, South and Southeast Asian literature, and this poem is undeniably one of my top five favorite poems of Asian origins. I believe that this poem fits the current situation of the world right now. I see this poem that was penned ages ago as a beacon of light for mankind. Now, you may ( or may not) be wondering why I am saying this.
Well, I personally feel that the grass symbolises our humanness, simple, delicate and is affected by the elements around us , sometimes elements that we cannot control even like this pandemic that we are all currently experiencing. These have been difficult times but just like the grass we will come back stronger , prepared and more united as brothers and sisters in humanity. I have been so touched by the immense love and outpouring of compassion that have surpass the desperation and fear that the pandemic have caused. Just like the grass we will overcome and in the event of other struggles, we will still nevertheless persevere on.
This is Thursday Tea with Stephanie and I thank you for reading this post. Do share your thoughts if you have any or would like to introduce me to some of your favorite literacy works or even your own works regardless of language ( because the more the merrier) and I would love to include them into this series. Thank you for having tea with me and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!