Partingby Li Bai
English version by Sam Hamill
Original Language Chinese
Green mountains rise to the north;
white water rolls past the eastern city.
Once it has been uprooted,
the tumbleweed travels forever.
Drifting clouds like a wanderer's mind;
sunset, like the heart of your old friend.
We turn, pause, look back and wave,
Even our ponies look back and whine.
|-- from Endless River: Li Po and Tu Fu: A Friendship in Poetry, Translated by Sam Hamill|