My friends are visiting Sydney and me: Pauline from Adelaide; Jan and Ross from Bellingen. I met Pauline when I was 12 and Jan at 18 so I can say that they are lifelong friends. It will be sad to say goodbye.
Yesterday Pauline approved of my translation of Overnight on a River that I dedicated to Jan and Ross. She suggests I translate a Ming Dynasty song. So Pauline, this one is for you.
Song of the Three Islets by Chen Zi Long (1608 – 1647)
Saying farewell at the entrance to Baling
Seeing you leave on the boat with tears
Not knowing why these three rivers converge
Or for what reason they too must separate
(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017