The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

of the 1000 character essay

heaven earth black yellow :: heaven is black, earth is yellow
the cosmos the cosmos are vast a desolate wasteland
the sun fills the moon fills the sun sets in the west it's dusk
from 7 to 9 in the morning the constellations line up it's a measure word,
they spread out
cold comes the heat goes
in autumn the harvesting in winter the hiding, concealing
intercalary timing the leftover residue becomes one tenth measurement of
so the lu bamboo pitches shift position open
clouds ascend, galloping, sending rain
dew forms becoming frost
gold gives birth beautiful water
jade emanates out from Kun mountain summit
the double-edged dagger furiously named the huge gate-tower
the pearl called the light of darkness
the treasure of fruit plum apple
many vegetables mustard ginger
the sea salted the rivers fresh
fishscales hidden in depths feathers circling above
the fire dragon the emperor teaching
the phoenix the royal official men
beginning making writing characters
then uniforms, wearing robes < clothing skirts < clothing
expel the throne yield the country
yao tang has predicted
console the people strike down the guilty
hold the boundary talk and test with scalding
trying a case at court query the way
bequeath and bow doubting the sections
love raise up the hosts the leaders
minister prostrate the army barbarians
near and far one reality
ration of the guest returning to the emperor
the phoenix cries in the bamboo
the white colt grazes there
change covers grass and weeds (vegetation)
trust attain a myriad (10,000) directions (square)
covering the person issues (giving birth to)
four great five (is) normal
respect (connector / alone) the rearing of children
(!) flattering destroys and injures
women adore chastity unyielding
men imitate pleasing genius
know what passes the certainty of change
attainment of ability never neglect
deception the talk of the other (is) brief
in disintegration reliance on the self (self-reliance) (is) long
faith the cause of should be covered (protect your faith)
the tool (utensil) of desire (is) trouble (quantity) measure-word
the ink (of) sorrow, sadness (on silk) is printed (sadness stains the
poetry the praise of small (lamb) sheep (sheep)
view, scenery lines tied or lined-up wisdom
restraint, conquering (of) study makes (creates) the sage
benevolence is built the name stands
the origin of shape proper (upright) model
sky and valley proclaim (one's) fame
the empty chamber hall (public room) learn (review lessons) carefully
disaster (catastrophe) depends on (is caused by) the accumulation (of)
blessings (fortune) (are caused by) virtuous happiness
1/3 meter (scale, ruler) bi-jade (circular disk with hole) negative (un- )
1/30 meter (measurement, small) yin (shadow, moon, sexual organs,
feminine, secret) is (just so) (to be) emulated (compete with)
the capital (of) the father (parallels) the (business) affairs (of) the
supreme ruler
speak strictly (accurately) give respect
filial piety serves as (accepts) the end of power (the power of others)
devotion follows (rules) the end (of) life
face (meet, confront) the deep tread (put on shoes) lightly
dawn (early in the morning) prosper warm (and pure)
like (an) orchid(s) this fragrance
like (a) pine(s) this prospers
the river flows not (un) stopping (ceaselessly)
the depths (abyss) clear (transparent) take up (create) (a) reflection
contain (form) (and) stop if (one is) thinking
say diction (classical rhetoric) (with) quiet, peaceful determination
deliberate beginnings sincerity, fidelity beautiful, beauty
prudent all good ancient laws
honorable trade (the place) of foundation
the rolls greatly nothing (in the) end
learn outstanding ascend (to) official (service)
in addition to work obey government
survive by means of the wild pear
go and increase the chant
music particularly is precious (and) humble
rites as well are valuable and low
above harmony below harmonious
the husband chants (calls upon) the wife follows
the external (foreign) accept pass on instructions
enter (the internal) music (play music) the mother (of) appearance
all father's sister father's older brother father's younger brother
like (the same as) (a) child compared (to) (a) son (child)
think very much \ of each other elder brother younger brother
agreeing (as) mind (ch'i, spirit) linking (joining) branches
make friends join (and) divide
cut (and) polish precepts (and) rules
kind humanity (conceal)  compassion
create order not separation
integrity (justice) gives back honesty
the wicked suffer setbacks loss of money
a still nature evades passion
the heart moves the weary mind
guard the truth with full intention
follow the idea and change (your) heart (mind)
hold strictly steer properly
please the rank (of office) bind yourself
city (and) village flourish (in the) summer
east (and) west two capitals
(one's) back (to the) Mong (mountain) face the Luo (river)
floating Wei (river) according to (seize) the Jing (Sheu river)
the official (government) hall (a) tray (with) plum (blossoms) (strong
(from the) tower watch (look out) (as if) flying (be) amazed
drawing (painting) draw (paint) birds (and) animals
pictures colorful immortals (hermits) (and) spirits
the third stem give alms (cottage, abandon) drawn near (beside) awaken
the first stem (a) curtain (notebook, album) against (answer, reply) the
four (wantonly) bamboo mats establish (a) place
drum (play) the lute (25-string se4) blow the sheng1 (mouth reed
climb the stairs accept the high steps of the throne
the cap changes distrust the stars
the right (direction) passes through (a) broad interior
the left attains holds brightness
already gathering the tomb ceremony
again assembles (a) group (of) flowers
a withered pear-tree (is) faithful (bells, chimes) (to) li-script
lacquered write (on) wall (lining) the classics (jing1)
the government bureaus skeins command together (mutually)
the path (of) the ancient swordsman the scholar tree minister of state
doors sealed eight (of the) counties
homes allowed (for) (salary of) one thousand soldiers (troops)
(the) tall crown follows (the) palanquin
drive (the wheel) hubs shake (the) tassels
(the) world grants (allowance) luxury (and) wealth
harness (the) vehicle (palanquin) prosper quickly
policy merits profusion (of) (the) truths (reality)
engrave (the) monument inscribe (the) inscription (artist's signature)
tributary of Wei small stream that one an offiial rank (head of Wei)
(the) assistant (subordinate) sometimes flatters (sometimes) judges
(under) cover (of) home injustice abundant
early (minute) dawn who (is) conducting business
(grave/marking post)  (prince) Duke Huan regulated (the) fit (harmony)
help (the) weak assist (help up) (the) falling (leaning)
figured beautiful cloth wraps around (the) Han (Chinese) blessing, four
speech (and) emotion (of the) warrior man, population
[the] superior man [does things thoroughly and with urgency] [regulates
important matters of State]
many scholars just so [really] peaceful (tranquil)
Jin (and) Chu change supremacy
Zhao (and) Wei surrounded (placed) east to west
[...] the ch'in 4-stringed instrument [...] good (and) wonderful [...]
question or problem [...] gate [...] as well


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