Yang Wan-li: feeling sad for the farmers ~ 杨万里·《悯农》 with English Translations





feeling sad for the farmers

–yang wanli

the rice field looks like a rack of clouds

but there wasn’t enough rain really

the field has turned yellow in the drought

and the yellowed ears have not matured

an early frost nipped the buckwheat

so the farmers will have to suffer

but there are thirteen lunar months this year

and they will suffer longer and how can they

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