Du Fu

(712 - 770 / Henan Province / China)

Thoughts On An Ancient Site:Birthplace Of Wang Qiang - Poem by Du Fu

Through flocks of mountains, myriad valleys,
I arrive in Jingmen,
where Ming-fei was born and bred--
the village is still there.

Once she left the crimson terraces,
there was nothing but endless desert;
only her evergreen grave is left
to face the twilight.

Portraits have recorded
her spring-fresh face;
the tinkle of girdle pendants heralds
her soul's vain return by moonlight.

For a thousand years the pipa
has wailed in its alien tongue,
as if its strings bemoan in song
her tragic tale of grief.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Poem Edited: Monday, May 9, 2011

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