To JTH on his Birthday


A good friend for a long time, remaining loyal and patient and true through all of his dealings with me--and believe me, I gave him little reason for loyalty or patience. Happy Birthday!

from The Selected Poems of Wang Wei
Tr. David Hinton

9/9, Thinking of My Brothers East of the Mountains

Each year on this auspicious day, alone and foreign
here in a foreign place, my thoughts of you sharpen:

far away, I can almost see you reaching the summit,
dogwood berries woven into sashes, short one person.

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