Saturday, March 22, 2014

Foo Hong 符大煥 Calligraphy 2:Endure忍

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Foo Hong 符大煥 Calligraphy 2



Rěn    Endure


忍一時 風平浪靜
Rěn yīshí fēngpínglàngjìng


退一步 海闊天空
Tuì yībù hǎikuòtiānkōng


To endure for a while, The wind will calm down and there  will not be any wave
To take a step backward, the sea and the sky will be  wide open



Dad wrote this piece on new year day  2009 at age 89  while he was in  Hainan  . This  verse is difficult  to  translate. In the internet, I find the following. “By tolerant you gain peace and calm.; By humble you reach new horizon”
compromise will make a conflict much easy to resolve.” “
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow” However,
Endurance is a difficult act to do.  the Chinese logogram  of " 忍 endurance"  is written with a "knife 刀 刄 "  on  top of the "heart 心"

At the same time, he also calligraphed the following poem. he wants the family to unit and not fighting each other.


《七步诗》Quatrain of Seven Steps
曹植 Cao Zhi

煮豆燃豆萁
豆在釜中泣
本是同根生
相煎何太急

Firing the beanstalk to boil beans,
The beans in the pot weep.
We are nurtured by the same root,
Why should you fry me so haste?



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