A Poem (and a Photograph)

Old Man by Kelly Cheng

Written in a Carefree Mood


Old man pushing seventy,

In truth he acts like a little boy,

Whooping with delight when he spies some mountain fruits,

Laughing with joy, tagging after village mummers;

With the others having fun stacking tiles to make a pagoda,

Standing alone staring at his image in the jardinière pool.

Tucked under his arm, a battered book to read,

Just like the time he first set out to school.


—Lu Yu, Twelfth-century Chinese poet

Image Old Man © by Kelly Cheng. Please visit her wonderful Flickr page


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