Category Archives: Chinese Classic Poets

Sleeping on Horseback – Bai Juyi 

We had rode long and were still far from the inn; My eyes grew dim; for a moment I fell asleep. Under my right arm the whip still dangled; In my left hand the reins for an instant slackened. Suddenly … Continue reading

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Resignation – Bai Juyi 

Don’t think of the past; It only awakens painful regrets. Don’t think of the future; It paralyzes with uncertain longings. Better by day to sit like a sack in your chair; Better by night to lie like a stone in … Continue reading

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Spring Sleep – Bai Juyi 

dy smooth and steady Sunshine room door cloth not open Still have young spring air taste Often brief arrive sleep at come  The pillow’s low, the quilt is warm, the body smooth and peaceful, Sun shines on the door of … Continue reading

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Keep Waiting – Bai Juyi 

White billows and huge waves block the river crossing; Wherever I go, danger and difficulty; whatever I do, failure. Just as in my worldly career I wander and lose the road, So when I come to the river crossing, I … Continue reading

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Winter Night – Bai Juyi

My house is poor; those that I love have left me; My body is sick; I cannot join the feast. There is not a living soul before my eyes As I lie alone locked in my cottage room. My broken … Continue reading

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Our Boat Starts at Night – Li Ching Chao 

Our boat starts at night  from the beach of Yen Kuang. Great ships sail only for profit  Only small boats come here because of your fame.  The passers-by are embarrassed by your virtue.  So in the night we steal by … Continue reading

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Last Night – Li Ching Chao

last  night  thin  rain,  gusty  wind.  Dense  sleep  doesn’t  fade  a wine  hangover.  I’m talking  to her  who  rolled up  the curtains.  Are you  blind!  I  say.  By now  they’re  fat  green  and skimpy  red. 

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