The petals fall in the fountain,
the orange-coloured rose-leaves,
Their ochre clings to the stone.

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  1. matsu says:

    this poem clearly illustrates mr. pound complete understanding of the basic tenets in japanese art, wabi-sabi, yugen. may these words be preserved for ages

  2. Sheryl Skoglund says:

    The petals fall in the fountain,
    the orange-coloured rose-leaves,
    Their ochre clings to the stone.
    The petals are dying, orange is the image of Protestant and rose the image of Venus. The ochre or color clings to the stone, the image is from the Book.

  3. Sheryl Skoglund says:

    Petals are dying. Orange is image of Protestant and rose image of Venus. Their color clings to stone, images from the Book.

  4. ea says:

    oh, thank you for pointing this one out. I can’t stand Ezra Pound but this one actually makes perfect sense to me.

    but it’s 8-6-7 so no, not a haiku. lol.

  5. Cheryl Wilkie says:

    It’s treatment seems Haiku. But,it has too many
    beats (7/6/7) and Haiku’s are 5/7/5. But, like a
    Haiku it relates its deeper meaning with nature
    metaphores. Ochre an natural iron ore used as pigment is expressive of lives lived and leaving their imprint on life (he indicates stone) after they’re gone. Orange leaves to me say Autumn. And maybe the the rose
    leaf imprints left behind clinging to ‘stone’ is the memory of it after it has gone.

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