untitled Chinese poem 1 by anonymous poet

Leonard Durso

Going on always on and on
alive, but parted from you
gone ten thousand miles and more
each to a far edge of the sky

the road is hard and long
with nothing sure about meeting again
Tartar horses lean to the northern wind
Viet birds nest on southern boughs

days advance, the parting grows long
days advance, the sash grows loose
floating clouds hide the bright sun
the wanderer can think of no return

loving you I became old
suddenly the time is late–
enough I speak no more
try hard to stay well

translated by Charles Hartman

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