An English version of Mr. Zhang Fangsong’s new year poem
The excellent steed finished the jiawu (the 31st in the current calendar cycle) year with a powerful cosmic performance;
The beautiful goat brings the yiwei (the 32nd in the current calendar cycle) year to the vast expanse between heaven and earth.
In the distance, the sound of bamboo firecrackers hails the arrival of a new year;
Occasionally, early plum blossoms signal the arrival of spring.
Translated by Jonathan Krause, a recipient of the Joseph Fletche Memorial Award for Excellence in A.M. Thesis at Harvard and a medical student at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine