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You leave, and I ask no more


© 2010
BASID #860

Beth Ames Swartz
You leave, and I ask no more
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 48" (0.91m x 1.22m)
2010

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

送別

Seeing Someone Off

 

 

下馬飲君酒

Dismounting I offer you wine

問君何所之

And ask, “Where are you bound?”

君言不得意

You say, “I’ve found no fame or favors;

歸臥南山陲

I must return to rest in the south Mountain.”

白雲無盡時

You leave, and I ask no more—

又作問

White clouds drift on and on.

 

 

 

 

 

        This poem, one of Wang Wei’s most famous, is generally regarded by commentators as a kind of soliloquy, but there can be no certainty on this point.