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Overnight in the Pavilion by the River


© 2007
BASID #702

Beth Ames Swartz
Overnight in the Pavilion by the River
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
24" x 36" (0.61m x 0.91m)
2007


 

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



Overnight in the Pavilion by the River


Evening haze creeps up hill paths,
I lie in the pavilion overlooking
The river; light clouds envelop
Cliff sides, and the moon’s reflection
Is twisted by the waters;
Cranes and storks rest after
Their flight; wild beasts howl
As they seek their prey; sleep
Does not come to me, for still
I worry about war, knowing I have
No way to set the world aright.