Du Fu

(712 - 770 / Henan Province / China)

View From A Height - Poem by Du Fu

Sharp wind, towering sky, apes howling mournfully;
untouched island, white sand, birds flying in circles.
Infinite forest, bleakly shedding leaf after leaf;
inexhaustible river, rolling on wave after wave.
Through a thousand miles of melancholy autumn, I travel;
carrying a hundred years of sickness, I climb to this terrace.
Hardship and bitter regret have frosted my temples--
and what torments me most? Giving up wine!


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Poem Edited: Monday, May 9, 2011


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