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On Grief

Dear Eve,

"Gilgamesh touched the heart of the companion.
There was nothing at all. Gilgamesh covered

Enkidu's face with a veil like the veil of a bride.
He hovered like an eagle over the body,

or as a lioness does over her brood."
-anonymous, trans. David Ferry

"Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep, for the dead I loved so well,
For the sweetest, wisest soul of all my days and lands -- and this for his dear sake,
Lilac and star and bird twined with the chant of my soul,
There in the fragrant pines and the cedars dusk and dim."
-Walt Whitman

"You have left me behind, old friend, at the Yellow Crane Terrace,
On your way to visit Yang-chou in the misty month of flowers;
Your sail, a single shadow, becomes one with the blue sky,
Till now I see only the river, on its way to heaven."
-Li Po, trans. Witter Bynner






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