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"Hadrian's Farewell" as Tanka and Haiku


by strannikov


Animula vagula blandula
hospes comesque corporis
quae nunc abibis in loca
pallidula, rigida, nudula,
nec ut soles dabis iocos . . .


Little rambling soul,
this body's kind guest and friend:
leave now for locales
colorless, stiff, abandoned,
without your usual mirth.

Little ambling soul,
kind guest, friend: leave me laughing,
pallid stiff, and bare.

[Alternate:

Little wand'ring soul,
dear guest and friend of my earth:
leave now for those parts
colorless, brittle, and stark,
without your usual mirth.]
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