Daily Archives: May 6, 2017

Poem – A Homeless Man’s Departure

After the Rebellion of 755, all was silent wasteland, gardens and cottages turned to grass and thorns. My village had over a hundred households, but the chaotic world scattered them east and west. No information about the survivors; the dead … Continue reading

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Poem – Song of Lovely Woman

Third day, third month festival, and the air fresh with spring; beside Serpentine Lake in Chang’an, many lovely women stroll. Their appearance is elegant, their thoughts lofty and refined, their complexions delicate, figures in perfect proportion. Their embroidered silk gowns … Continue reading

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Poem – View From A Height

Sharp wind, towering sky, apes howling mournfully; untouched island, white sand, birds flying in circles. Infinite forest, bleakly shedding leaf after leaf; inexhaustible river, rolling on wave after wave. Through a thousand miles of melancholy autumn, I travel; carrying a … Continue reading

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Poem – The Pitiful Young Prince

Hooded crows fly at night over the walls of Chang’an, uttering harsh cries above Welcoming Autumn Gate, then head for people’s houses, pecking at the lofty roofs, roofs beneath which high officials scurry to escape barbarians. The golden whip is … Continue reading

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Poem – The Eight Formation

Your achievements overshadowed any in the Three Kingdoms; most famous of all was your design for the Eight Formations. Against the river’s surge, they stand solid, immovable, a monument to your lasting regret at failing to swallow up Wu.

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Poem – Rain

Roads not yet glistening, rain slight, Broken clouds darken after thinning away. Where they drift, purple cliffs blacken. And beyond — white birds blaze in flight. Sounds of cold-river rain grown familiar, Autumn sun casts moist shadows. Below Our brushwood … Continue reading

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Poem – No Sight

Li Bai, no sight of you for a long time, It’s tragic that you pretend to be insane. The whole world wants to kill you. I alone treasure your talent. Quick-minded, improvising thousands of poems, you roam like a falling … Continue reading

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