Hard Is the Journey

Wandering Breezes

It tears my heart to see
River Spring ending,
Leaning on staff before
a fragrant island:

Willow catkins are mad
to follow those breezes,
Silly the peach’s blooms
to sail such waters!

Tu Fu (from the series of short poems called “Nine Short Songs: Wandering Breezes,” translated by Arthur Cooper, from the book “Li Po and Tu Fu,” Penguin Books, 1973.)