© Copyright Valentina Battler. All rights reserved
Paintings are accompanied by the author's poems. Translated into English by Andrey Kneller
Painting on Xuan paper, 38 x 47 cm, 2003. Sold
There’s a petal already,
Or two, falling off in the wind;
The peony in spring
Knows its beauty will soon come to end.
It’s the Natural Law–
No matter how much we lament, –
All must vanish sometime
To return and to bloom once again.