Poem:Prelude to Water Melody·swimming

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Prelude to Water Melody——Swimming

by Mao Zedong

I have just drunk the waters of Changsha
And come to eat the fish of Wuchang.
Now I am swimming across the great Yangtze,
Looking afar to the open sky of Chu.
Let the wind blow and waves beat,
Better far than idly strolling in courtyard.
Today I am at ease.
It was by a stream that the Master said —
“Thus do things flow away!”

Sails move with the wind.
Tortoise and Snake are still.
Great plans are afoot:
A bridge will fly to span the north and south,
Turning a deep chasm into a thoroughfare;
Walls of stones will stand upstream to the west
To hold back Wushan’s clouds and rain
Till a smooth lake rises in the narrow gorges.
The mountain goddess if she is still there
Will marvel at a world so changed.

水调歌头《游泳》
一九五六年六月

才饮长沙水,
又食武昌鱼。
万里长江横渡,
极目楚天舒。
不管风吹浪打,
胜似闲庭信步。
今日得宽馀,
子在川上曰:
逝者如斯夫!

风樯动,
龟蛇静,
起宏图。
一桥飞架南北,
天堑变通途。
更立西江石璧,
截断巫山云雨,
高峡出平湖。
神女应无恙,
当惊世界殊。

Mao Zedong's handwriting
Mao Zedong’s handwriting
Mao Zedong swimming photo
Mao Zedong swimming photo