© Copyright Valentina Battler. All rights reserved
Painting on Xuan paper, 45 x 34 cm, 2000
Bamboo – nature labored, creating
Its own outward form of perfection.
The honor of being admired
Was breathed into its foundation.
Bamboo, for the everyday people,
Is supper and shadow and shelter;
For the eyes and the heart of a poet
It’s change from a deep insufflation.
Just look at its stem growing swiftly,
Resembling feelings of rapture,
Adorned with the grace of its leaves,
Refined with a maidenly stature.
Go sit by the pond, overgrown —
Its rustle will bring you elation.
Sip wine from the cup, as you marvel
At nature’s amazing creation
Paintings are accompanied by the author's poems. Translated into English by Andrey Kneller