Paul Welch

Questioning the White Cloud

Questioning the White Cloud

in the original Chinese

Your coming today
surprised me
it’s too bad
you can’t stay long

Today’s departure
made us sad
just because
you won’t stay long

In your haste
some of your dew dropped
When you return
I’ll bestow these pearls back to you.

Translated by Paul Welch
“Questioning the White Cloud” is from Selected Poems of Wind Lynn (The Milky Way Publishing Co., 2004).