Monday, December 7, 2015



cows & sheep long since down from pasture:
each brushwood gate is already closed
the wind & moon inhabit their own clear night—
but these rivers these mountains aren’t my homeland:
a spring gushes from rocks on a darkened cliff
dew drips from grass watering autumn roots—
my snowy head within the bright lamplight:
why would the burning wick form such blossoms

Jack Hayes 

© 2015 based on Du Fu: 日暮
rì mù

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

Image links to its source on Wiki Commons
Clearing Autumn Skies over Mountains and Valleys (detail): Guo Xi, Song Dynasty (11th century)
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