Lamenting Widow

By Ho Xuan Huong 1772–1822

Translated By Marilyn Chin Read the translator's notes

A woman wails, boo hoo, mourning her man
Shut up, shame on you, don't cry to the hills!
O little sister, I should have warned you
Don't eat the meat, if it makes you cough blood!

Source: Poetry (April 2008).

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Poet Ho Xuan Huong 1772–1822

POET’S REGION Asia, East

Subjects Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Relationships, Men & Women