Bai Juyi

(772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi)

Resignation - Poem by Bai Juyi

Don't think of the past;
It only awakens painful regrets.
Don't think of the future;
It paralyzes with uncertain longings.
Better by day to sit like a sack in your chair;
Better by night to lie like a stone in your bed.
When food comes-open your mouth.
When sleep comes-shut your eyes.

Comments about Resignation by Bai Juyi

  • Susan Williams (1/16/2016 3:36:00 PM)

    Wow! This poem has a much different tone from the others he has wriitten. I love his other poems but, yes, this one enchants me too with its slightly ominous bitter tone and the advice he does not want us to take. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 9, 2012

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