poetry friday

Fats here.

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This week, I thought of sharing this jewel I found in our library several days ago. Ed Young has made such a tremendous contribution to children’s literature. I will never get tired of his storytelling, beautiful paintings, and paper-collage illustrations. In Beyond the Great Mountains, Ed Young pays tribute to his beloved China by creating a visual poem that describes in great detail the beauty and wonder that his country possess.

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In its sky, mist rose and fell, rain water gathering, river cascading

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As sun, moon kept watch, earth gave birth

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In winter’s ice, summer’s fire, more plants flourished.

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To the west, where birds roost, a rock of wonder, salt, was found.

You can read the entire poem below.

Beyond the Great Mountains

Beyond the great mountains,
far to the east, a vast fertile plain.
In its sky, mist rose and fell, rain water gathering, river cascading
down cliffs and boulders, through valleys into fields,
as sun, moon kept watch, earth gave birth
to sprouts above, metal below,
trees of hanging grains, corn, wheat, millet and rice.
In winter’s ice, summer’s fire, more plants flourished.
One of drooping leaves, bamboo; of even-rowed, leek;
another of sprawling vines, squash; of fuzzy stems, hemp.
To the west, where birds roost, a rock of wonder, salt, was found.
To the south, rice fermented into wine.
A precious stone embraced heaven and earth, jade.
This was middle empire, China.

“There are things that words describe that pictures never can, and, likewise, there are images
that words can never describe.”

— Ed Young

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

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