While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead
I played about the front gate, pulling flowers.
You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse,
You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums.
And we went on living in the village of Chokan:
Two small people, without dislike or suspicion.
At fourteen I married My Lord you.
I never laughed, being bashful.
Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.
Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back.
At fifteen I stopped scowling,
I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever and forever and forever.
Why should I climb the look out?
At sixteen you departed,
You went into far Ku-to-yen, by the river of swirling eddies,
And you have been gone five months.
The monkeys make sorrowful noise overhead.
You dragged your feet when you went out.
By the gate now, the moss is grown, the different mosses,
Too deep to clear them away!
The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.
If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kiang,
Please let me know beforehand,
And I will come out to meet you
As far as Cho-fu-Sa.
© Ezra Pound
Some other random works of this poet:
- The Rest
- Homage To Sextus Propertius – I
- Pagani’s, November 8
- Canto XVI
- The Condolence
- Poem By The Bridge At Ten-Shin
- The Study In Aesthetics
- Another Bit And An Offer
- The Spring
- The Encounter
- Ezra On The Strike
- Translations And Adaptations From Heine
- L’Homme Moyen Sensuel
- Sennin Poem By Kakuhaku
- The Tree
- Famam Librosque Cano
- The Garden
- Fratres Minores
- Piere Vidal Old
- Paracelsus In Excelsis
- Leave-Taking Near Shoku
- Taking Leave Of A Friend
- Alf’s Sixth Bit
- Shop Girl
- Cantus Planus
- The House Of Splendour
- Homage To Quintus Septimus Florentis Christianus
- From “Hugh Selwyn Mauberly”
- Homage To Sextus Propertius – XII
- Praise Of Ysolt
- Safe And Sound
- Guido Invites You Thus
- The Picture
- De Ægypto
- A Girl
- Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I)
- Sestina: Altaforte
- National Song (E.C.)
- In Durance
- Homage To Sextus Propertius – III
- The Lake Isle