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Taking Leave of a Friend


© 2008
BASID #780

Beth Ames Swartz
Taking Leave of a Friend
(In Memoriam: Gerald "Jerry" Blank)

acrylic and mixed media on canvas
18.25" x 24.25" (0.46m x 0.62m)
2008

 


 

Li Bai (Li Po, Li Tai-Po)

Taking Leave of a Friend
(In Memoriam: Gerald "Jerry" Blank)


Blue mountains lie beyond the north wall;
Round the city’s eastern side flows the white water.
Here we part, friend, once forever.
You go ten thousand miles, drifting away
Like an unrooted water-grass.
Oh, the floating clouds and the thought of a wanderer!
Oh, the sunset and the longing of an old friend!
We ride away from each other, waving our hands,
While our horses neigh softly, softly . . . .