Lone Wild Goose
the lone wild goose does not drink or peck;
it flies crying out, missing its flock—
who will pity this fragment of shadow?
lost from its mates in ten thousand layers of cloud—
gazing to the distance, seeming to catch a glimpse;
so much grief, as if to hear them again—
in the field, crows without a thought for it,
call out & caw as always in confusion
Translation by Jack Hayes
based on Du Fu: 孤雁
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“The Hundred Geese”, traditionally attributed to Ma Fen, China, Northern Song dynasty, probably late 13th or early 14th century, handscroll, ink on paper.