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Ezra Pound - Taking Leave of a Friend

Blue mountains to the north of the walls,
White river winding about them;
Here we must make separation
And go out through a thousand miles of dead grass.

Mind like a floating wide cloud,
Sunset like the parting of old acquaintances
Who bow over their clasped hands at a distance.
Our horses neigh to each others
as we are departing.

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: Taking Leave of a Friend

Comment 3 of 3, added on March 4th, 2013 at 5:36 AM.

tinyandlittle - Hi Sarah, thank you for sharing such a lolvey way of spending time with your little one. Please be sure to email your comment to to go in the running for the beautiful illustration.

Richjohn from France
Comment 2 of 3, added on June 21st, 2008 at 4:27 AM.

corny, cheesy, and hokey are good english translations i think. but those are all very colloquial.

Michelle from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on November 9th, 2005 at 5:01 AM.

Sometimes Pound is somewhat "weird"(?), but this one is just, well, nice & sad, kind of "scenic", almost kitschig (don't know the english word, sorry!), but what it has to say, prevents it from being kitschig. I like it.

judith from Germany

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