I Swim in That Long River

We present this work in honor of Dragon Boat Day.

05-13 Ji
Ji Kang
223 – 262


I swim in that long river
And rest on its bank.
I climb that high hillcrest
And cut the wild thorn.
Alas! I journey afar,
Alone I travel, in utter solitude.
I look up at that temperate wind
And shed tears like the rain.


Translation by Stephen Owen and Wendy Schwartz

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