Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Poem #9 and #10: "Parting at a Wine Shop" and "Wind and Rain"

Parting at a Wine-shop in Nan-king
A wind, bringing willow-cotton, sweetens the shop,
And a girl from Wu, pouring wine, urges me to share it.
With my comrades of the city who are here to see me off;
And as each of them drains his cup, I say to him in parting,
Oh, go and ask this river running to the east
If it can travel farther than a friend's love!

Li Po (701-762)

(Nice to imagine this actually occurring…)


(Buuut... sometimes this is more like it)

Wind and Rain
I ponder on the poem of The Precious Dagger.
My road has wound through many years.
... Now yellow leaves are shaken with a gale;
Yet piping and fiddling keep the Blue House merry.
On the surface, I seem to be glad of new people;
But doomed to leave old friends behind me,
I cry out from my heart for Shin-feng wine
To melt away my thousand woes.

Li Shang-yin (812?- 858)

2 Comments:

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Crawdad said...

These are for my friend Super Olive!

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Super Olive! said...

Thanks Crawdad! I liked them. Where do you find all this great stuff?

I decided maybe this in-transit lifestyle will be worth it. Great people may move far away, but that just means another excuse to travel to new countries, right? Hmm... something like that.

 

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