Tu Fu

(712-770 / Gong County / China)

Restless Night - Poem by Tu Fu

As bamboo chill drifts into the bedroom,
Moonlight fills every corner of our
Garden. Heavy dew beads and trickles.
Stars suddenly there, sparse, next aren't.

Fireflies in dark flight flash. Waking
Waterbirds begin calling, one to another.
All things caught between shield and sword,
All grief empty, the clear night passes.

Comments about Restless Night by Tu Fu

  • Susan Williams (12/2/2015 5:46:00 PM)

    All things caught between shield and sword, - -that is astounding in the midst of a beautiful spell spun by nature (Report) Reply

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  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (3/17/2015 5:11:00 PM)

    The beauty of nature appreciated, caught between the shield and sword, the violence of humanity, destroys the innocent beauty of nature; kills creature of each habitat, from delightful wondrous fireflies to all the beautiful waterbirds calling singing to each other. Poignant, the poem evokes an essence of sadness and regret. (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/17/2015 7:38:00 AM)

    A poem of great beauty! (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (3/17/2015 2:47:00 AM)

    The translation seems a little bit weak, as the English here seems a bit off, but the sentiments and the rhythms are good.
    I wonder if Tu Fu liked tofu? (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/17/2015 2:42:00 AM)

    A good poem that I likes. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 26, 2001

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