Learn More

Tu Fu

(712-770 / Gong County / China)

Dreaming of Li Po


After the separation of death one can eventually swallow back one's grief, but
the separation of the living is an endless, unappeasable anxiety. From
pestilent Chiang-nan no news arrives of the poor exile. That my old friend
should come into my dream shows how constantly he is in my thoughts. I fear
that this is not the soul of a living man: the journey is so immeasurably far.
When your soul left, the maple woods were green: on its return the passes were
black with night. Lying now enmeshed in the net of the law, how did you find
wings with which to fly here? The light of the sinking moon illumines every
beam and rafter of my chamber, and I half expect it to light up your face. The
water is deep, the waves are wide: don't let the water-dragons get you.

All day long the floating clouds drift by, and still the wanderer has not
arrived! For three nights running I have repeatedly dreamed of you. Such
affectionate concern on your part shows your feelings for me! Each time you
said goodbye you seemed so uneasy. `It isn't easy to come', you would say
bitterly; `The waters are so rough. I am afriad the boat will capsize!' Going
out of my door you scratched your white head as if your whole life's ambition
had been frustrated.
The Capital is full of new officials, yet a man like this is so wretched!
Who is going to tell me that the `net is wide' when this ageing man
remains in difficulties? Imperishable renown is cold comfort when you can only
enjoy it in the tomb!

Submitted: Saturday, May 26, 2001
Edited: Saturday, May 26, 2001

Do you like this poem?
3 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: journey, water, running, grief, moon, friend, green, light, dream, fear, death, night

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Dreaming of Li Po by Tu Fu )

Enter the verification code :

  • Freshman - 1,567 Points Paul Sebastian (5/11/2014 8:58:00 AM)

    Considering the time and cultural background, the poet's constrained expression of his love for Li Po is daring and determined. Chinese classical. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. You Don't Have To Go, Matthias Pantaleon
  2. Word by Word, J Sheba Anandhi
  3. Reborn, Asavri Dhillon
  4. Health is Wealth, J Sheba Anandhi
  5. Little Mind, J Sheba Anandhi
  6. Spark in the Dark Park, J Sheba Anandhi
  7. Memories, J Sheba Anandhi
  8. Change is Inevitable, J Sheba Anandhi
  9. Competition, J Sheba Anandhi
  10. One Pair of Eyes, J Sheba Anandhi

Poem of the Day

poet Sir Thomas Wyatt

Farewell love and all thy laws forever;
Thy baited hooks shall tangle me no more.
Senec and Plato call me from thy lore
To perfect wealth, my wit for to endeavour.
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  7. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. Farewell Love and All Thy Laws Forever, Sir Thomas Wyatt
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]