Saturday, October 22, 2011
This Year's View
Alone on a river tower my thoughts full of sorrow
The moonlight like the water, the water like the sky
Where is the person with whom I shared the moon?
The view isn’t quite the same as last year.
- Chao Ku, Reflections at a River Tower
(From Red Pine, Trans., Poems of the Masters: China’s Classic Anthology of T’ang and Sung Dynasty Verse)
About this time last year, I was embarking on a cross-country road trip with J.
Today, J is in Afghanistan, listening to the Taliban preach and pray over loudspeakers.