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A Pair of Swallows


© 2008
BASID #780

Beth Ames Swartz
A Pair of Swallows
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
16" x 20" (0.41m x 0.51m)
2008

 


 

Li Bai (Li Po, Li Tai-Po)

A Pair of Swallows
A family eating
is startled to see two swallows
with mud in their beaks
fly into their hotel room.

“Fellow sojourners,
fleeing the cold and wind,
take shelter with us
here in our make-shift home.

“Like you, we crossed
great distances to come;
like us, you’ll raise
your young amidst dust and ruin.

“You’ll leave in the fall
if the world endures so long;
perhaps we too
will live to move on soon.”