Mooring at Maple Bridge Tonight (Original)
Mooring at Maple Bridge Tonight (Original)
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Mooring at Maple Bridge Tonight (Original)

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An Original artwork

Chinese calligraphy on Xuan mulberry paper in running script, one of the Chinese calligraphy styles

Written in the UK by Jing Wang

This is only one off original authentic calligraphy art work.

Mooring at Maple Bridge Tonight - by Zhangji (Tang Dynasty) 

As the moon sinks, in the frost-like sky caw the crows, 

The river trees 'n' fisher's lamps see me sleep in soes. 

Beyond the walled town, there stands the Temple of Frost Hill,  

Ah, its chime at midnight into my boat echoes. 

The reason I created this beautiful poem in calligraphy is that the poem hit me when I was visiting Cotswold in 1999 the next year after I moved to UK.

I guess it resonated with me that obviously I was a traveler on that trip but more on a journey to discover myself living in another country.

I love this poem also because it is painting you a picture when you are reading it.

This is how I read this poem:-

It is an everyday scene that a traveler, homesick and sleepless while a bit romantic and excitement of discovering the place, sees, as his boat arrives in Suzhou (or Gusu, its old name). He’s at Maple Bridge outside the city proper, where his boat is moored. It is night and chilly, and his mood is affected by three things – the cry of crows, the fisherman’s light and the sound of the temple bell.

Extra information:

Maple Bridge, is located in Suzhou City, Jiangsu province. "姑苏(Gūsū)", is another name for Suzhou City. "寒山寺(Hánshān Sì)", the Temple of Frost Hill is located near the Maple Bridge.

Ready to frame in standard 415mm x 295mm frame. Original art

There is no frame to come with, so you can choice your own frame. It will be carefully rolled both sides with protection thin boards, then pack in a cardboard tube to give it the best protection.

If you buy this as a Christmas present to someone not living with you, I can wrap it for you and send it to him/her.

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