Written on a Piece of Paper at My Local Tea House

It’s such a long time since you stopped by
The children are out, the market is far
The pond is too deep, so hard to catch the fish
The garden is too long, so hard to catch the chicken
The vegetables are too young to pick to cook
The wine, tobacco, and tea have been all finished
You come to visit me.  Just you, me and our friendship.

“A Friend Visits the House” by Nguyen Khuyen (1835-1909)

~ by responsiblenomad on November 5, 2011.

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