Here and There

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Taking Leave of a Friend

Taking Leave of a Friend



Blue mountains to the north of the walls,

White river winding about them;
Here we must make separation

And go out through a thousand miles of dead grass.

 

Mind like a floating white cloud,
Sunset like the parting of old acquaintances
Who bow over their clasped hands at a distance.
Our horses neigh to each other

as we are departing.

Rihaku, translated by Ezra Pound

1 comment:

Bora said...

I love this poem. My other favorite is "The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter."