A Mosquito’s Eyelash

A mosquito sucking blood Photograph by Darlyne A. Murawski

On Birds and Bugs by Bai Juyi (772-846)

Mites fight bloody battles for nests on a mosquito’s eyelash;
Tiny kingdoms are at war over lands on a snail’s horn.
If we looked down across our own world from highest heaven,
We would see heroes fighting to the death for a speck of dust.

Translated by Geoff Waters

References: Photo, Poetry

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