Dionne's Corner

Thought provoking posts and images of serenity...

May 2011 - Posts

~ Stick # 38 ~Free from his day's work, the poet sailed leisurely home. Though not spacious, his little cottage always served him well. He would write poems or drink wine by the south window, Or go for a lazy stroll, enjoying the beauty of the mountains.TRADITIONAL Read More
~ Stick # 40 ~The countryside was full of chaos and disorder, Before the new Emperor came with the Mandate of Heaven. A good ruler serves the whole country, both poor and rich, And brings peace, prosperity and good times for all.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONAn Read More
~ Stick # 6 ~ Live in the wilderness with only the ravens as friends, Know yourself and do not envy others' wealth. Everybody's capable of finding their own bread, But nobody gets to see the whole world. TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION Read More
~ Stick # 11 ~The trees form a green curtain by the river. I sleep in their shade in summer, when the light is long, Watching the swallows take their playful path by, Among the gentle breezes and hanging trees.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONIf you concentrate Read More
~ Stick # 10 ~Disease afflicts all folk alike, No matter how upright their conduct. Even a faithful student of Confucius Became a leper and died alone.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONAlthough your personal conduct is good, troubles may lie ahead. Your personal Read More
~ Stick # 1 ~ The Han dynasty began with the fall of a great city; Two generals strove to be the conqueror, One threw up walls around it, but the mightiest Could break them down to claim his throne. TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION Read More
~ Stick # 2 ~ The dead trees break into green once more; The woods are alive with buzzing life. The immortal peach tree gives forth its fruit, And all the lost find their way home. TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION In this verse, winter turns Read More
~ Stick # 12 ~Fortune changes quickly, both good and ill. The bad times end, good luck will come again. Find the wise man living on the mountain, And his kind words will turn your life around.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONYou may be going through a brief Read More
~ Stick # 23 ~Health, fortune, fame - they are all illusion. Prosperity is only a game played by fools.The fruit of success tastes sour in the mouth. Soon you will mourn your dreams of worldly glory.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONYou are surrounded by illusions, Read More
~ Stick # 63 ~Last time we sailed we lost our compass; Today we set forth to search for it again. Though the first compass was later found, It is no use now and all hope is drowned.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONMisfortune is very close, and your current Read More
~ Stick # 52 ~In the royal canal love poems floated on leaves, Written by a maid in service at the court. A scholar responded by the same means, And at last the leaves brought the lovers together.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONWhile happiness awaits you, it Read More
~ Stick # 63 ~Last time we sailed we lost our compass; Today we set forth to search for it again. Though the first compass was later found, It is no use now and all hope is drowned.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONMisfortune is very close, and your current efforts Read More
~ Stick # 15 ~ The hill walker faints from the heat of the sun, So Nature's curse will soon strike you down too. Like a bird driven by predators from its nest, You'll only find solace in the depths of the forest. TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION Read More
~ Stick # 36 ~You are ill and caught up in problems, but be calm. Many benefits and riches are waiting for you still.A clever monkey can loose himself from a golden chain, And roam about freely in his mountain home.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONLike the monkey Read More
~ Stick # 10 ~Disease afflicts all folk alike, No matter how upright their conduct. Even a faithful student of Confucius Became a leper and died alone.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONAlthough your personal conduct is good, troubles may lie ahead. Your personal Read More
~ Stick # 17 ~ The river's reeds are tipped with morning dew, Moonlight bathes the stone courtyard steps. I hear the neigh of horses on the soft breeze, Swiftly following the bell's call to rise. TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION While Read More
~ Stick # 61 ~The oracle is ambiguous; who can read it? To some it means rebel and you will succeed.But the honest general read it otherwise, And found to his cost that this meaning was true.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONYour future teeters on a thin line Read More
~ Stick # 45 ~The meek will overcome the violent; The kind-hearted will receive infinite rewards. Their deeds of kindness bestow to such great merit, That heavenly ambrosia will quench their thirst.TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATIONYour best chance to gain the Read More