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We the living, we’re passing travelers


© 2007
BASID #770

Beth Ames Swartz
We the living, we’re passing travelers
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 60" (1.22m x 1.52m)
2007

 


 

Li Bai (Li Po, Li Tai-Po)

After an Ancient Poem


We the living, we’re passing travelers:
it’s in death alone that we return home.

All heaven and earth a single wayhouse,
the changeless grief of millennia dust,

moon-rabbit’s immortality balm is empty,
and timeless fu-sang tree kindling.

Bleached bones lie silent, say nothing,
and how can ever-green pines see spring?

Before and after pure lament, this life’s
phantom treasure shines beyond knowing.