Above is an image from W. S. Merwin's East Window: The Asian Poems. It is a translation contained in a rather large section of the book which is called "Figures." This particular piece is from the Malay Figures section.
"and what do we know," indeed?
Though a figure, this, as do many other pieces in the figures section, has the feel of brief poetry, this particular poem being almost haiku-like in its execution and sentiment.
Photo by Stefano Mazzone
gamblers in a frenzy...
trans. by David G. Lanoue
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