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War


© 2007
BASID #765

Beth Ames Swartz
War
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 72" (1.22m x 1.83m)
2007

Words in blue visible in painted frame


 

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



Out of the northeast
A white horse galloped,
Aquiver with fear,
And pierced was his empty saddle
By two long, deadly arrows.

What of his rider now,
And where the vain courage
That spurred him to combató
And to death?

At midnight
Went forth the order
To give battle to the foe;
But for him it was the command to die!

Ah, many a home this day
In vain
Mourns for its fallen son,
And a wailing that rises to Heaven
Goes forth,
And bitter tears flow
Like the icy rains
Of winter!