Casual Compositions on Homecoming (1)
I left home young and small, but came back old and grown,
My native accent never changed, but sideburns a fading gray.
Kids met me, but no recognition shown,
And asked me smiling where’s my home.
I left home young. I return old,
Speaking as then, but with hair grown thin;
And my children, meeting me, do not know me.
They smile and say: “Stranger, where do you come from?”
（Witter Bynner、江亢虎 译）
On Going Home
I left home when young, and now return when old,
My accent unchanged, yet hair mostly grayed.
Children come to meet me, yet know not who I am,
With smiles innocent, they ask: Where are you from?
I left home young and now return when I am old;
Not in my speech but thin hair my change would be told.
Boys meet but know me not. They look at me awhile;
“Stranger, where are you from?” they ask me with a smile.
Random Lines of Home-coming
I left home young but I’ve returned an old man,
My accent is the same, but my hair has turned grey.
The kids are amazed to meet this stranger here,
“Where do you come from?” with a smile they say!