Thursday, December 31, 2015

night in the pavilion

night in the pavilion

at year’s dusk, Yin & Yang rush brief daylight to dark
here at sky’s edge, frost then snow then clear bitter night

fifth watch drum & trumpet ring out rousing, tragic:
above Three Gorges the galaxy’s shadow trembles

keening in fields: how many grieve men cut down in battle?
songs in strange tongues: here & there fishermen, woodsmen rising

Leaping Horse, Crouching Dragon: heroes, now yellow earth—
word of human affairs vanishes into silence


Jack Hayes

© 2015
based on Du Fu:
gé yè

Acknowledgment: Sheila Graham-Smith for her major contributions in research & editing

Image links to its source on Wiki Commons
“Soldiers of the teracotta army in pit 1. Xian, China.”: photograph by Hans A. Rosbach, who makes it available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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