49 One shock
When one catches a very heavy disease,
And does not see the will of Heaven,
One shock from the gate of thunder,
And the body grows strong and agile.
50 Each their strength
Hurrying to acquire both wealth and horses.
An official salary is reliable.
But as a Pig, Sheep, Ox or Dog,
One's nature is to own one's own business.
51 The peach of immortality
Empty, hollow, void,
Being empty inside achieves success,
The peach of immortality ripens a thousand years,
Not fearing the 5 nightwatches or the wind.
五更 5 nightwatches; 5th nightwatch (3-5 AM).
52 The autumn moon
A worried face relaxes,
A smiling face opens up.
The autumn moon above the high terrace.
People come from a thousand miles.
千里 thousand miles; long distance.
53 Find your treasures right here
You have to put forth effort,
And not travel far.
With a long rod you fish in the cave of the moon-toad,
With dedicated desire you catch the giant turtle in the center of the clouds.
蟾蛉窟 cave of the moon-toad; the moon. This poem might have a sexual undertone.
54 A boat in the desert
No tracks, no traces,
Far and near you have trouble seeking,
Sailing a boat in the desert.
Efforts are wasted in vain.
55 East wind
Drizzling rain, heavy clouds, dampness,
The riverside path is obstructed.
Roads and informations are far,
You have to rely on the east wind.
This poem is about 'The Battle of Chibi'
56 Red Thread of Fate
From level ground mist is rising.
No peace to be found yet,
In high places you look for your thread of fate.
This poem is about 'The Thread of Fate'
57 Inside the flower
Stay honest and correct,
Rash actions give birth to disaster.
Profit of achieving a name,
When the petals fall off the flower opens itself.
58 The Horse and Ox people of Chu
The noble man ascends, small people get obstructed,
Going to battle causes bitter separation.
There are virtuous people ahead to meet you,
Trust the Horse or Ox people of Chu,
Matters will find their right course.
馬牛Astrol. signs; or horse-people: soldiers, ox-people: farmers.
楚 Chu Kingdom, today Hunan and Hubei.
59 Come sit with me
Over and over, again and again,
Sighing, empty and alone I shut the door;
Through my eyelashes I gaze at the lamplight,
Come sit with me in the dusk.
60 Passing beauty
A beautiful beautiful woman.
Stop involving your heart.
A person in a carriage,
A boat in flowing water.
61 Bad things come in threes
So the bridge is broken,
The road obstructed,
Embark in a boat, pick up the oars
and you encounter a a gale.
62 The moon in a pool
The moon in a pool,
A reflection in a shining mirror,
It is nothing real,
A quiet message.
63 Dragon, horse and rabbit
At lakes and seas you come for leisure,
Fishing in the mist-covered water.
It is as if you meet a dragon, a horse and a rabbit,
Fame and wealth simulteaneously surround you.
64 Mending people mending bridges
Things are not stable,
People break down bridges,
It is important to put in order
Rudeness and pride.
To enter is easy,
To get out is difficult,
Rundown over and over again,
Cannot bear things which happen on top of each other.
66 The time of harvest
If you postpone matters and quit fast
And it happens repeatedly,
Then wait until the cold of winter,
When flowers are damaged and fruits are ripe.
67 The power of graciousness
On horseback going forth,
Seeking a lucky omen,
Always well-spoken and graceful,
The small crescent of the moon is really bright.
The boat leaves the ancient crossingplace, the moon leaves the clouds,
A person comes out of Tong Pass, I'd like to make inquiries.
For now he goes ahead to seek a place to live,
It is unnecessary to have misgivings about every move.
兩三心 two three heart: a heart without focus, fickle.
69 A dream cut off
Not enough not enough,
Vast difficulties weigh on your mind,
Rain floods a dike in open country,
The moon is like a fishing hook,
A dream cut off, a rude awakening, worried brows.
This poem is about 'Record of the Pillow'
70 Nothing is 'just this'
Beauty has endurance,
Endurance has beauty,
Beginnings have ends,
Ends have beginnings.
楚 the etymology of endurance: earth + affection + being.
71 Things don't work
Endless lakes and seas,
A lonely boat in the waves,
The messenger did not ferry across,
The sun goes down behind the mountainrange.
72 Solid locks
Late at night doors need a solid lock,
Be on guard for people sneaking in,
Don't say that it will not happen,
Negligence is liable to meet with disaster.