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My boat awaits me along the river’s farther shore
When time comes to set sail, I’ll turn & gaze back once more
I don’t know how to say goodbye to these fine green hills
Parting from my friend on the mountain makes me sadder still
—Kao Ch’ih, Ming dynasty.
Translated by Gary Gach.
From the Spring 2015 issue of Inquiring Mind (Vol. 31, No. 2)
© 2015 Gary Gach