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This poem is taken from PN Review 216, Volume 40 Number 4, March - April 2014.

‘Riposte’ and Other Poems Vidyan Ravinthiran
Leaving Cambridge, again
(after Xu Zhimo)


I leave as carefully as I arrived,
saying goodbye with my hand
to the red clouds in the west.

By the river stands a golden willow
like a young bride as the sun goes down;
my heart will ripple with the look of her.

I wish I could be like that soft weed
growing from the ooze and doubled
in the movement of the Cam.

In the shade of elms one finds
a pond full of broken rainbow
– the sky’s dream falls to pieces here.

And speaking of dreamers, why not
punt upstream, where the grass is greener,
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