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On and away, never ceasing


© 2008
BASID #790

Beth Ames Swartz
On and away, never ceasing
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 48" (0.91m x 1.22m)
2008

 

 

 

 

王維 (Wang Wei, 701761 a.c.e., Chinese)

 

臨高臺送黎拾遺

Look Down from the High Terrace:

Seeing Off Reminder* Li

 

 

相送臨高臺

I say goodbye, looking down from this high terrace

川原杳何極

Where stream and plain stretch in endless distances.

日暮飛鳥還

At sunset the birds return in flight

行人去不息

And travelers go on and away, never ceasing.

 

* A Reminder was an official court advisory position whose job was to counsel the Emperor. (Du Fu held this job briefly; characteristically, Du Fus conscientiousness compelled him to try to make use of this largely ceremonial post: he soon caused trouble for himself by offending the Emperor with his candid advice and was banished to a provincial post.)