Thursday, March 29, 2018

Relatively Speaking

Daily Draw: Chinese Tarot ~ 4 of Cups
Su Tung-pʻo, more commonly know as Su Sish (1037 –1101) considered himself a poet. An unsuccessful one who turned to drink in his disappointment.  

Written While Drunk in Lake-View Pavilion 
on the 27th Day of the Sixth Month
The inky clouds fly in, but do not hide the hills,
As random drops of white rain leap into the boats.
A sudden wind arrives and sweeps across the earth,
Below I see the lake a mirror of the sky.

I wonder if the depression fueled titles are why his work wasn't popular in the day, or if those titles are what makes him relatively famous today?

The real turning point of his fame may hinge on the translations by Watson Burton. My point being don't drown your troubles in four cups, because your troubles may be short lived. Relatively speaking that is.