Thursday, May 11, 2006

Poem: Tu Fu

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Overlooking the Desert

Clear Autumn. I gaze out into
Endless spaces. The horizon
Wavers in bands of haze.

Far off The river flows into the sky.
The lone city is blurred with smoke.
The wind blows the last leaves away.
The hills grow dim as the sun sets.
A single crane flies late to roost.
The twilit trees are full of crows.

~ Translated by Kenneth Rexroth

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