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Arterial

(Early Chinese)

I
 
FROST upon small rain—the ebony—lacquered avenue
Reflecting lamps as a pool shows goldfish.
The sight suddenly emptied out of the young man’s eyes
Entering upon it sideways.
 
II
 
In youth, by hazard, I killed an old man.
In age I maimed a little child.
Dead leaves under foot reproach not:
But the lop—sided cherry—branch—whenever the sun rises,
How black a shadow!
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