Beauty’s Herald

In the lands Down Under it is the first day of Spring.
I thought I would share a verse from one of my favourite poems with you. The poem is called The Nine Scenic Glories of Kosan. The verse is about the second glory of Kosan.

Photo: Dad

Photo: Dad

The second glory of Kosan is…

Spring coming late to Flower Rock
I float petals down the stream,
sending them to distant fields.
The world knows nothing of this lovely place:
I think I shall be
Beauty’s Herald.

Yi I
aka Yulgok
Korean Scholar
1536-1584

Yi I Yulgok Shijo Korean Poetry

From The Nine Scenic Glories of Kosan. A Shijo by Korean scholar Yi I aka Yulgok. Translation by Kevin O’Rourke.

A Shijo is really a song rather than a poem; the language is simple, direct and devoid of elaboration or ornamentation.

A Shijo is really a song rather than a poem; the language is simple, direct and devoid of elaboration or ornamentation.

When I started writing 7 months ago, my Mother said to me ‘Son, only write about beautiful things’. It’s all Good News here on The Fragrant Man; an antidote to the nightly news, an Oasis of Peace, Love and Perfume.

To my fragrant colleagues and readers in the Northern Climes; keep warm and enjoy the delights of autumn.

To my Down Under colleagues, Portia Turbo and Suzanne R Banks at Australian Perfume Junkies, Clayton at What Men Should Smell Like, Jill Timms from Peony Haute Perfumery and Mary, Francis and Benny at World Beauty – I smell BBQ!

10 responses to “Beauty’s Herald

    • Fantastic Cookie Queen. I can make your day but I can’t make your cookies. A huge hummus weekend though thanks to you. Thank you for your encouraging words. Waft On…

  1. It’s a gloomy day here and it feels like summer is over. The picture of the ducks made me smile. I have a soft spot for ducks because one nested in our yard the first year we were in this house. We named her Gladys for some reason. Anyway, she had 9 ducklings and the shortly after they hatched she decided it was time to go so I had to open the fence gate for her to let them all out and they marched off down the road. It was the cutest thing and one of my happiest springtime memories.

  2. There are no real springs or autumns where I live so I celebrate seasons by calendar. It’s a beautiful first Fall day here and it feels good that it’s the first Spring day somewhere else.

  3. We’re gearing up for some fall colors up here in the North, and I have to say I’m ready for some rain again. But looking at your photos almost made me a little melancholy. Each is lovely in its own way, and they both come as a welcome relief. It would be very hard to choose one over the other. Enjoy your spring!

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