Gu Cheng The 2River View, 8.1 (Fall 2003)

a poplar stands
greeting the early autumn dawn
its yearning branches reach for the clear sky
tired, trembling . . .

blue shadows crawl under its windswept
skirts converging and nestling
on the warm earth

shards of the moon and starshigh, highfloat by

supplication continues
disappointment continues

translated by Aaron Crippen

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