Footnote: From The Blue Slopes Of Western Hills

Beneath the blue slopes

of western hills, small men fire

long cannons at foes:

their war cries dissipate as

easily as windblown smoke.

 

Kyakuchuu

Author's Notes/Comments: 

The geographical reference alludes to Xishan outside Beijing; the military action I had in mind represents the Seond Sino-Japanese War.

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patriciajj's picture

A truly brilliant

A truly brilliant illustration of the senselessness of war: the serene backdrop is a powerful foil for the violence; the smallness of the men in relation to the majesty of the hills and the war cries now a memory speak volumes about the transience of life and all the battles we feel are so important, but are, in the end, sadly futile. 

 

A tower of wisdom in a drop of language. Wondrous. 

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Thank you for that very

Thank you for that very precise interpretation---you have understood, with your usual wise acumen, the exact effect I was striving for in this Tanka/


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sweetwater's picture

I love the softness and

I love the softness and delicacy of this poem, within the seriousness of the situation. Sue.

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Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.


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