Just down the street from my home in Hongkou there is a wall of courtesy posters.
This is a poem that I worked on translating last summer by Rabindranath Tagore. It is about a forest bird and a caged bird asking each other to come over and play. I just found a photo of my translation and my favorite part.
বনের পাখি বলে “না, শেথা কোথায় উরিবারে পাই!”
The forest bird says, “No, how shall I find the chance to spread my wings!”
খাঁচার পাখি বলে “হায়, মেধে কোথায় বসিবার থাঁই।”
The caged bird says, “Alas, where on the clouds shall I find a safe place to roost.”
I visited Vietnam for the Lunar New year last week. I visited Ha Long Bay and an area called Tam Coc. Here are a few black and white photos I snapped there.