Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge



by Meng Hao-jan

Steering my little boat towards a misty islet,
I watch the sun descend while my sorrows grow:
In the vast night the sky hangs lower than the treetops,
But in the blue lake the moon is coming close. (Translated by William Carlos Williams)

August 11th, 2009.

15 Responses to “NIGHT ON THE GREAT RIVER”

  1. michelle Says:

    really beautiful poem

  2. Colin Says:

    Another poem lost in translation by William Williams. Massacred. He’s worse than Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Obama combined.

  3. Eoin Says:

    You’re such a freak Colin… Yeah I’m sure you preferred it in the original 5th century Chinese. WCW is a genius. Wrote the introduction to Howl, amongst many other things. Three translatIons of the same poem here:


  4. Colin Says:

    I was screwing with you, but thanks for caring.

    Nice choice of photo, by the way.

  5. Eoin Says:

    Arrah, I was only messin with ya back. Pretty impreessive that I managed to find, copy and paste that link from my phone tho, eh?

  6. Colin Says:

    Thought you would have adopted that iPhone by now. Apply now, single surrogate fathers have rights too.

    And yeah, impressive searching, the 3 versions are fairly different. Might go back to my original comment.

  7. bazluhrman Says:

    and i thought christy brown the last day was bad this blog is bollix
    hot talk about american football and mike mac heading the ball
    shit talk about football,something about a pizza or something
    the onion wouldnt get a look in and the onion is shit
    the team from my local area is far superior to the local team from your area
    not as shit as lisa hannigan mind because thats the worst song I EVER heard
    and anyone who fancies that zooey lady would want to try wanking with their paul charles and not their sensibilities
    i am of course
    (and i’m handsome)

    stearing my hand around my japs eye
    I watch the sun descend while my sorrows grow
    the heliocentricity of my japs eye
    im about to make shit of my abdomen

  8. Eoin Says:

    Wow Baz, that’s a contender for greatest ever comment.

    Whichever one of my friends you are, you’ve certainly started early today.

    Care to elaborate on the Paul Charles bit? I don’t quite understand…

  9. almcleod Says:

    wow is right,that guys a fkin genius

  10. albert Says:


  11. cassidy Says:

    i dont know you at all i wouldnt know you if i saw you,youve a good blog altho youd want to lay of that atheism stuff its been done to death
    fair dues on taking that twentymajor down a peg the guys a spineless prick

  12. Eoin Says:

    F.Y.I. Bazluhrman / almcleod / albert / cassidy…

    You realise you used your real email address on that last post? Anyway, have one fer me, man!

  13. cassidy Says:

    what’s a paul charles
    eat yrself fitter
    g’wan butler boy!

  14. El Kid Says:

    Holy God…

    Anyone we know Eoin??

  15. Eoin Says:

    Actually, no. But he’s a regular enough poster on here. And fair play to him…

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