Inscribed on the Wall of an Inn North of Ta-yü Mountain by Sung Chih-wen

They say that wildgeese, flying southward,
Here turn back, this very month . . .
Shall my own southward journey
Ever be retraced, I wonder?
. . . The river is pausing at ebb-tide,
And the woods are thick with clinging mist—
But tomorrow morning, over the mountain,
Dawn will be white with the plum-trees of home.

translated by Witter Bynner & Kiang Kang-hu

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