Thursday, December 24, 2015

facing snow

facing snow

after battle many new ghosts wail:
an anxious old man, alone, recites poetry

at dusk the low clouds are in shambles
& snow dances fast whirling on the wind

the dipper’s cast aside: the wine cup drained
but the stove holds its fire glowing red

the news cut off from several prefectures:
anxious, I sit bolt upright, write words in the air

Jack Hayes

© 2015
based on Du Fu:
對 雪
duì xuě

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

Image links to its source on Wiki Commons
Two Tomb Guardians, Tang Dynasty: photograph by Wiki User sailko, who makes the image available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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