Friday, 22 August 2008

From my study window

This poem is loosely based on "Overlooking the desert" by Tu Fu, the great Chinese poet who lived in the 8th century AD, as translated by Kenneth Rexroth

Drenched summer. I look out onto
dark green spaces. The rooftops
blurred in bands of rain. Far off
Quarter's farms flood the washed sky.
My Hamilton is streaked with water.
The downpour forces living leaves to droop.
The hills invisible, the sun blocked grey.
A lone magpie flies for shelter.
The near-dusk trees are silent of birdsong.

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