Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 12, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: On the Birth of a Son

by Su Tung-p’o (11th cent.)

On the Birth of a Son

Families when a child is born
Hope it will turn out intelligent.
I, through intelligence
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope that the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he’ll be happy all his days
And grow into a cabinet minister.

(transl. by Arthur Waley)

Notes:
http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0847337.html
http://www.answers.com/topic/su-shih

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