Blue mountains to the north of the walls,
White river winding about them;
Here we must make separation
And go out through a thousand miles of dead grass.
Mind like a floating white cloud,
Sunset like the parting of old acquaintances
Who bow over their clasped hands at a distance.
Our horses neigh to each other
as we are departing.
Taking Leave of a Friend: Ezra Pound, from Four Poems of Departure in Cathay (1915); original by Li Bai (701-762): translated by E .P. from the notes of Ernest Fenollosa
Afternoon light on the gorge of the Yangzi River, Yunnan Province: photo by Peter Morgan, 2005