Fisherman from Ma Yuan

under clouds birds sail
under waves fly fish
but in between rests the fisherman
waves become high clouds
clouds become high waves
but in the meantime rests the fisherman

 

Visser van Ma Yuan

onder wolken vogels varen
onder golven vliegen vissen
maar daartussen rust de visser
golven worden hoge wolken
wolken worden hoge golven
maar intussen rust de visser

From About the Abyss and the Air Man (Van de afgrond en de luchtmens, 1978)
By Lucebert
Translated by Peter van de Kamp

First published in The Low Countries, 2003