Robin Skelton ends the last of the four sections of “Four Inscriptions” in Landmarks with an appeal beyond the vagaries of posterity.
No-one is listening.
It does not matter.
I am making something
for far stars.
This reminds me of a poem by Li Bai (Li Po) “Drinking Alone with the Moon” where the speaking voice is left by itself when moon and shadow depart and in this rendering by Vikram Seth (Three Chinese Poets) left to anticipate a meeting far off among the stars of the Milky Way.
Let’s pledge — beyond human ties — to be friends,
And meet where the Silver River ends.
Tone between the two poets is different but the sentiment to look to the future despite prospects is the same.
And so for day 349