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The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter - Poem by Ezra Pound

After Li Po

While my hair was still cut straight
across my forehead
I played at 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 lookout?

At sixteen you departed,
You went into far Ku-to-en, 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.



Translated by Ezra Pound


Anonymous submission.


Comments about The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound

  • Gold Star - 179,954 Points Robert Murray Smith (8/4/2016 3:20:00 PM)

    So great, my works pale into insignificance. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 11,222 Points Rajesh Thankappan (3/2/2016 10:47:00 AM)

    The longing to be with her beloved has been brought out touchingly. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,580 Points Amar Agarwala (2/28/2016 7:13:00 PM)

    The poetry has touching lines... it's very well composed like a tiny story. (Report) Reply

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Poems About River

  1. 1. The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter , Ezra Pound
  2. 2. To The River -- , Edgar Allan Poe
  3. 3. The River , Sara Teasdale
  4. 4. Autumn River Song , Li Po
  5. 5. The Man From Snowy River , Banjo Paterson
  6. 6. The River Of Life , Thomas Campbell
  7. 7. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  8. 8. To The River Charles , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  9. 9. The River Of Rivers In Connecticut , Wallace Stevens
  10. 10. My River Runs To Thee , Emily Dickinson
  11. 11. The Mississippi River Empties Into The G.. , Lucille Clifton
  12. 12. Wash Of Cold River , Hilda Doolittle
  13. 13. Sonnet: To The River Otter , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  14. 14. Koening Of The River , Derek Walcott
  15. 15. Looking-Glass River , Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. 16. The River , Paul Eluard
  17. 17. Shadow River , Emily Pauline Johnson
  18. 18. Alone, Looking For Blossoms Along The Ri.. , Du Fu
  19. 19. Flooding River , Faith Elizabeth Brigham
  20. 20. Ford O' Kabul River , Rudyard Kipling
  21. 21. #359 Haiku River River , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  22. 22. River River River , gajanan mishra
  23. 23. River-Mates , Padraic Colum
  24. 24. The River And The Hill , Henry Kendall
  25. 25. To The River Otter , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26. 26. . Time Is Not A River , Mary Havran
  27. 27. Valedictory Sonnet To The River Duddon , William Wordsworth
  28. 28. River Roads , Carl Sandburg
  29. 29. Reedy River , Henry Lawson
  30. 30. The River Of Bees , William Stanley Merwin
  31. 31. The Song Of The Darling River , Henry Lawson
  32. 32. The Green River , Lord Alfred Douglas
  33. 33. Sunday Up The River , James Thomson
  34. 34. River And Sea , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  35. 35. Visit Malaysia Year Poem - Klang River (.. , john tiong chunghoo
  36. 36. The River , Francis Duggan
  37. 37. The Town Down By The River , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  38. 38. The River Lingers On (From,134 Picture P.. , Peter S. Quinn
  39. 39. By The River , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  40. 40. The Singing River , Ernestine Northover
  41. 41. It's A River , Charles M Moore
  42. 42. To The Blackwater River , Francis Duggan
  43. 43. Bottle-Nosed Whale Of River Thames , Sylvia Chidi
  44. 44. Longjin River, My Home Mother River , Luo Zhihai
  45. 45. River Of Love , Aldo Kraas
  46. 46. Karna - Staring At The River... , Pradeep Dhavakumar
  47. 47. Font Color='880000' A River Of My Death , Scarlet .....
  48. 48. Night On The Great River [three Translat.. , Meng Hao-jan
  49. 49. Inscription 03 - For A Cavern That Overl.. , Robert Southey
  50. 50. Tanka - The Countryside's Red River , john tiong chunghoo
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