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And the moon comes running up the river


© 2006
BASID #690 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
And the moon comes running up the river
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
30" x 30" (0.76m x 0.76m)
2006

Words in blue visible in painted frame

Du Fu (712 - 770 A.C.E., Chinese); also Romanized Tu Fu.

A Night Abroad

A light wind is rippling at the grassy shore....
Through the night, to my motionless tall mast,
The stars lean down from open space,
And the moon comes running up the river.
...If only my art might bring me fame
And free my sick old age from office!
Flitting, flitting, what am I like
But a sand-snipe in the wide, wide world!


The Jade Mountain: A Chinese Anthology (Being 300 Poems of the T'ang Dynasty, 618-906) translated by Kiang Kang-Hu, Witter Bynner, Tang Shi V. 1. (113).