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AFTER TU FU (THEY SAY YOU'RE STAYING IN A MOUNTAIN TEMPLE), by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: In the damp evenings of summertime
Last Line: On the other side of the clouds
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Summer; Winter; Fall

In the damp evenings of summertime,
I cannot trust my words to reach you.
They drink up every nuance shamelessly.
They are more ravenous than my mouth calling.

In the crusty air of wintertime,
I cannot trust my words to go to you.
They see too well the leafless trees.
They know too well the outcome of love.

In the steady dying of autumn time,
there I know that my words will touch you.
Fall is the shadow season, when we meet
on the other side of the clouds.

Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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