POEM TRANSLATION: TANKA TO HAIKU (Echoes 57)
RESPONSE ON CONFUCIANISM
Y.C. Kan responded to my musing on Day 1 thus:
Analects in stone
Chipped heartfelt advice fading
Erosion of times
This is my response in tanka:
time erodes value
blind seeking for better shore
treasure gone amiss
near is too distant to look
lenses change in market trend
Is the teaching outdated with modern era? Values have changed with time; our lenses need to change its power of understanding, pari passu with changing trend. For instance, have such values as love, benevolence and kindness erode with time, or its contents, expression and understanding need to be updated? One might changed the furnishing, but not the pillars and structures have to be debated. The rivers must change course, but not its flow of water.
Picture of Jinan city centre, with wide avenue and green on both sides of road. The green waste cycle bin was novel, with many compartments, including cigarettes butts and batteries.