Parting from My Yin Daughter by Wang An-shih

I’ve only lived thirty years and already I feel old
wherever I look I’m beset by sorrow
I’ve come in this little boat to say goodbye tonight
here where the shores of life and death divide us

translated by Red Pine

note: written to his daughter who was buried on a small hill beyond a moat just before he had to leave the district for his next government posting

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