Perilous High Tower


 
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Tower in Fukushuen, Kumemura, Okinawa

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Perilous High Tower
        Xu Baoguang 1671-1740

This Typhoon 
        lugs the rain 
                under its arm,
The high tower
        like some stage drama
                swings and sways.
No matter if I hang onto 
        bannister or bookcase,
It's as if 
        I were rafting 
                on the raging sea!

 
Wēilóu
Xú Bǎoguāng 1671-1740

Jùfēng xié yǔ lāi,
Wēilóu jù yáodàng.
Bùài yǐ kǎn shū,
Rú zài hǎi chá shàng.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
Late summer every year the Ryukyus are visited by devastating typhoons. Xu Baoguang must have lived through a few!

 
 
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