Po Chu-I

(China)

Po Chu-I Poems

1. Planting A Lichi Tree 9/30/2010
2. The Almond Blossoms Of Chao Village 9/30/2010
3. A Lament For My Son Ts’ui 9/30/2010
4. Autumn Cold 9/30/2010
5. The Grain Tribute 9/30/2010
6. The Old Man With The Broken Arm 9/30/2010
7. The Dragon Of The Black Pool 9/30/2010
8. Lute 9/30/2010
9. Staying At Bamboo Lodge 9/30/2010
10. Night On The West River 9/30/2010
11. On Being Stricken With Paralysis 9/30/2010
12. Drunk Again 9/30/2010
13. Remembering Golden Bells 9/30/2010
14. Kept Waiting 9/30/2010
15. The Philosopher [lao Tzu] 9/30/2010
16. Lazy Man's Song 9/30/2010
17. A Forsaken Garden 9/30/2010
18. The Red Cockatoo 9/30/2010
19. The Dwarfs Of Tao-Chou 9/30/2010
20. Golden Bells 9/30/2010
Best Poem of Po Chu-I

Golden Bells

When I was almost forty
I had a daughter whose name was Golden Bells.
Now it is just a year since she was born;
She is learning to sit and cannot yet talk.
Ashamed—to find that I have not a sage’s heart:
I cannot resist vulgar thoughts and feelings.
Henceforward I am tied to things outside myself:
My only reward—the pleasure I am getting now.
If I am spared the grief of her dying young,
Then I shall have the trouble of getting her married.
My plan for retiring and going back to the hills
Must now be postponed for fifteen years!

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The Grain Tribute

There came an officer knocking by night at my door

In a loud voice demanding grain-tribute.

My house-servants dared not wait till the morning,

But brought candles and set them on the barn-floor.

Passed through the sieve, clean-washed as pearls,

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