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

  • Gold Star - 13,402 Points 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

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  • Gold Star - 7,906 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/17/2015 7:38:00 AM)

    A poem of great beauty! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,598 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 30,535 Points 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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