The sky presents an intense azure ,
Like a drunkard restored to his senses;
The streets are noisy as ever , bustling ,
But shrouded in the still cool of autumn .
Summer long the trees rioted ,
But now have fallen pensive , as if ruminating
Past fantasies , indignations , ambitions ;
They philosophize , cascading a carpet of yellow leaves .
The fields are immaculate ;
The land has cleared its debts ;
Grain is stored in granary , soil rests ;
Nature sighs , a cool refreshing breeze.
The shadows of Death have not yet begun to fall .
All is calm and bright , radiant and rich .
The floating clouds commune with the river ;
They too would share the joy of living .
You , who bend beneath the burden of so many years ,
Come rest beside this reedy pond .
Farther in the distance a grey mist
Silently conceals journey's end .
In this mansion built by the sun ,
Even your worries are a part of his works ;
Rest with him awhile , chat with the sun ;
He is now a kindly old man .
Once you could read his every passion and impulse
In the wild life and vibrant colours of the earth .
Now only the chirr of crickets remains ,
Memories of green days , smiles of sere leaves .
This is the tender farewell before his long journey .
Soon his words will be fading , withering .
Why clutch this armful of green shade ?
Why will you not let the leaves drift on the wind ?
First the struggle , dissolution of ice and snow ;
Then the birth-agony of spring drouht ;
Until , emerging from the awesome waves of summer rain,
This river flows at last into the tranquillity of autumn .
Like crops in the fields
That have drawn their nourishment from sunlight and soil ,
I too am ripening , after climbing slope upon slope ,
Having survived so many falls and perils .
In thundering , electrified skies , in forest flames ,
Leaves and birds and insects have grown ,
Have (like me) triumphed in life .
Together we constitute an autumn chorus .
Ah, just when babbling streams , dancing trees ,
Fragrant crops unfold within my mind ,
Stern winter transmits its ultimatum
In this tranquil , autumn haven .