To Send Far Away

March 3, 2013 § 2 Comments

~1~

A woman alone here east of Ch’ung-ling

while you stay among Han River islands,

I look out across bright blossoms all day:

a lit path of white stretching between us.

We made clouds-and-rain love our farewell,

then nothing but autumn grasses remained,

autumn grasses and autumn moths rising,

and thoughts of you all twilight sorrow.

Will I ever see you again, ever darken

this lamp as you loosen my gauze robes?

~2~

Short and tall, spring grasses lavish

our gate with green, as if passion-driven,

everything returned from death to life.

My burr-weed heart — it alone is bitter.

You’ll know that in these things I see

you here again, planting our gardens

behind the house, and us lazily gathering

what we’ve grown. It’s no small thing.

-Li Po  (A.D. 712-760)

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