I Am Glad to Meet You, My Cousin, But We Must Go Our Separate Ways

Li, Yi   (748 A.D.-829 A.D.)

After being separated by ten years of civil war,
We accidentally met today, no longer children, now adults.
I was surprised when I first saw you,
But I had to ask your name to be sure.
When you replied,
I remembered your childhood face.
We talked about the many changes during the war
Until the evening bells started to ring.
Tomorrow you will be on the rugged Ba-Ling 1 Road,
Putting autumn mountains between us, one after another.

1 Ba-Ling is now Yue-Yang City in Hunan Province.