Under the Lion Rock



Under the Lion Rock
By William He

The colossus is shrouded in swirls.
Casually dressed in the dark brown attire,
He eroded and beaten by time.
The tides lift on high,
Like the slow waves of his mane,
Drifting into the retrospection and introspection,
Devouring hours blunt his sharp paws.
Slouching out of the habitual darkness,
In soil below or sun above,
He with a faint sneer and penetrating mind.
Through the rough rocky kloof into grey Nemea,
He is reading the signs of a good world,
A steed mounted by the armored knight.

Only the winner truly gains the right to center stage.
He is losing the way for centuries,
His narrowing lids conceal even.
The brooding hush wakes,
And vanishes into an immensity of fluid indigo,
The light of passion which echoes upon the sea,
Destiny's wish has not been fulfilled yet.
He shall bring the proud to the dust,
Constant, but ever changing,
He shall raise the weak to the spheres.
Along a zigzagged path,
The existence will be just idylling,
Timbre and rhythm bewitching now.

解连环 狮子山下
作者:何威廉

飒然林麓。
早分身两壁,
晕光陶沐。
一水环、
九角青龙,
尽吐野狐涎,
八仙颦蹙。
散漫轻烟,
麟台上、
步寻高躅。
记香江往句,
绿野濯枝,
风雨炎溽。

云盘已敲半局。
见峰疑鹫走,
东寻西逐。
起别袂、
苍羽愁勤,
水浸百千层,
隔断鸿陆。
结伴同舟,
但听得、
虞廷宵夙。
又登临、
唱词宛转,
抖音五曲。

About this poem

"Under the Lion Rock" captivates with its intricate blend of visual and metaphorical elements. The poet employs a use of language to convey a complex narrative that touches on the transitory nature of power, the inexorable passage of time, and the interplay between light and darkness. The poem's deep imagery and thought-provoking symbolism invite readers to embark on a journey of introspection, where the lion becomes a metaphorical guide through the enigmatic landscapes of life.  

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Written on July 13, 2022

Submitted by chinamcc8 on January 13, 2024

Modified by chinamcc8 on January 13, 2024

1:12 min read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme AB XXCXXXXXXXCXX XXXXXBXXXXXAX
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 1,486
Words 239
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 2, 13, 13, 2, 13, 13

William He

William Yu He graduated from two of the most prestigious law schools in China respectively, also studied in Heidelberg, Cambridge and Harvard. He has already published dozens of Chinese classical poems and lyrics. The Incumbent President of China quoted his classic poem in 2017. The President of Harvard University recognized his achievements in June, 2021. more…

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