A remembrance is moving by Juan Ramon Jimenez

Leonard Durso

A remembrance is moving
down the long memory, disturbing
the dry leaves with its delicate feet.

—Behind, the house is empty.
On ahead, highways
going on to other places, solitary highways,
stretched out.
And the rain is like weeping eyes,
as if the eternal moment were going blind—.

Even though the house is quiet and shut,
even though I am not in it, I am in it.
And. . .good-bye, you who are walking
without turning your head!

translated by Robert Bly

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Hsiang-yang Travels: Thinking of Meng Hao-jan by Po Chü-i

Leonard Durso

Emerald Ch’u mountain peaks and cliffs,
emerald Han River flowing full and fast:

Meng’s writing survives here, its elegant
ch’i now facets of changing landscape.

But today, chanting the poems he left us
and thinking of him, I find his village

clear wind, all memory of him vanished.
Dusk light fading, Hsiang-yang empty,

I look south to Deer-Gate Mountain, haze
lavish, as if some fragrance remained,

but his old mountain home is lost there:
mist thick and forests all silvered azure.

translated by David Hinton

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a word to my followers on my “technical difficulties”

I’m having trouble viewing my own wordpress site. It just will not open on any of my computers whether I use Safari or Google Chrome and the Help Desk here suggests I change providers which will be problematic for me here in Turkey. My contract with my current provider ends in May and to cancel it sooner would incur a fine. I will be moving from here to a city just north of Izmir and will hopefully not have this issue once there but you never know. I do not know if I can solve this issue before I move and my only other option is to close this blog and begin all over again, though there is no guarantee that will be successful, either.

So, please bear with me as I hope to find a solution. In the meantime, I can usually access my dashboard to see activity on the blog and can usually access my Reader to view your posts but cannot always access other blogs from my email notifications so if I don’t respond to posts from time to time understand I am experiencing “technical difficulties”.

I will post this now but will not be able to view it myself nor can I share it through my facebook or twitter accounts. Is that irony? Maybe, but certainly not tragic when compared to what else is going on in the world.