Du Fu

(712 - 770 / Henan Province / China)

Dreaming Of Li Bai (1) - Poem by Du Fu

Separation by death must finally be choked down,
but separation in life is a long anguish,

Chiang-nan is a pestilential land;
no word from you there in exile.

You have been in my dreams, old friend,
as if knowing how much I miss you.

Caught in a net,
how is it you still have wings?

I fear you are no longer mortal;
the distance to here is enormous.

When your spirit came, the maples were green;
when it went, the passes were black.

The setting moon spills light on the rafters;
for a moment I think it's your face.

The waters are deep, the waves wide;
don't let the river gods take you.


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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (6/11/2016 1:51:00 PM)

    Tu Fu (Du Fu) and Li Po (Li Bai) : two of the greatest classical Chinese poets, along with the most famous Taoist poet, Lao Tzu (Lao Tse) .
    Li Po's poetry shows a generous free-spirit, celebrating unorthodox perceptions of life.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Poem Edited: Monday, May 9, 2011


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