Bai Juyi

(772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi)

Remembering Golden Bells - Poem by Bai Juyi

Ruined and ill—a man of two score;

Pretty and guileless—a girl of three.

Not a boy—but still better than nothing:

To soothe one’s feeling—from time to time a kiss!

There came a day—they suddenly took her from me;

Her soul’s shadow wandered I know not where.

And when I remember how just at the time she died

She lisped strange sounds, beginning to learn to talk,

Then I know that the ties of flesh and blood

Only bind us to a load of grief and sorrow.



At last, by thinking of the time before she was born,

By thought and reason I drove the pain away.

Since my heart forgot her, many days have passed

And three times winter has changed to spring.

This morning, for a little, the old grief came back,

Because, in the road, I met her foster-nurse


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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (1/16/2016 3:59:00 PM)

    I love the way he shares his memories and thoughts- it's like an old and valued friend is sharing his life experiences with me. He is a remarkable poet who lived from the years 772-to 846. Amazing how life experiences are the same while technologically so much has changed. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012



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