UNPLANNED VERSES ON A SPRING DAY
Sparse clouds and a light breeze, nearing noon,
Among flowers and willows, I cross the riverfront,
Passersby watch, not knowing my heartfelt joy,
Only thinking of a youth dawdling away.
CHENG YI’S FOUR ADMONITIONS (EXCERPT)
Speech is what causes the human mind to stir;
whether good or bad, honor or disgrace, it is all
determined by such.
The mind is originally empty, only showing traces
upon reflecting on matters; practice self-discipline
when viewing the external to maintain inner peace.
Prevent unwholesomeness and maintain honesty,
listen not to what is inappropriate.
If one is in accord with propriety, one will be
prosperous; if driven by desire, danger will arise.
Upon impetuous behavior, such thoughts must be
restrained, self disciplined, and prudent.