Bai Juyi

(772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi)

Autumn Thoughts, Sent Far Away


We share all these disappointments of failing
autumn a thousand miles apart. This is where

autumn wind easily plunders courtyard trees,
but the sorrows of distance never scatter away.

Swallow shadows shake out homeward wings.
Orchid scents thin, drifting from old thickets.

These lovely seasons and fragrant years falling
lonely away— we share such emptiness here.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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