Anticipating winter

Every plant and tree knows
Summer will soon be gone
A hundred pinks and purples
Compete with their bouquets
Willow fuzz and elm pods
Lack such clever means
They only know how to fill the sky with snow.

—  韓愈 Han Yu (768-824) was a government functionary and a scholar in the Tang Dynasty.  He admired and helped to interpret Confucian thought.  He thought Buddhism was the product of barbarians, unsuited to more refined Chinese society.1

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