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Only vast floods that stretch to the clouds


© 2010
BASID #854

Beth Ames Swartz
Only vast floods that stretch to the clouds
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 60" (1.22m x 1.52m)
2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

王維  (Wang Wei, 701–761 a.c.e., Chinese)

 

 

渡河到清河作

Written Crossing the Yellow River to Qing-he

 

 

汎舟大河裏

The boat set sail upon the great river

積水窮天涯

whose swollen waters stretched to the sky’s edge.

天波忽開坼

Sky and waves split apart suddenly—

郡邑千萬家

the district capital’s thousands of homes.

行復見城市

Moving on, I can see the town market

宛然有桑麻

and vaguely make out mulberry and hemp.

迴瞻舊鄉國

I turn to gaze back toward my homeland—

淼漫連雲霞

only vast floods that stretch to the clouds.