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from North Hills

quite a way after Ancient Poems no. 10 (Han Dynasty, 206 BC - 220 AD)



old poem 10


                      afar, afar              drifting herd-boy star

                  bright, bright        star-river’s lady  at night

                  fine, fine                        her pale hand works fine

                  click-clack, click-clack              looms    fore 'n' back

                  day is ended; her work . . . not

                  fall like rain  of her sad tears     (and snot)

                  star-river’s shallow, it’s clear

                  yet not crossable, save once a year

                  brimfull, brimfull           water separates

                  look, look    they meet for one night (early to late