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Tu Fu

(712-770 / Gong County / China)

By the Lake


The old fellow from Shao-ling weeps with stifled sobs as he walks furtively by the bends of the Sepentine on a day in spring. In
the waterside palaces the thousands of doors are locked. For whom have the willows and rushed put on their fresh greenery?

I remember how formerly, when the Emperor's rainbow banner made its way into the South Park, everything in the park
seemed to bloom with a brighter color. The First Lady of the Chao-yang Palace rode in the same carriage as her lord in
attendance at his side, while before the carriage rode maids of honor equipped with bows and arrows, their white horses
champing at golden bits. Leaning back, face skywards, they shot into the clouds; and the Lady laughed gaily when a bird fell to
the ground transfixed by a well-aimed arrow. Where are the bright eyes and the flashing smile now? Tainted with
blood-pollution, her wandering soul cannot make its way back. The clear waters of the Wei flow eastwards, and Chien-ko is
far away: between the one who has gone and the one who remains no communication is possible. It is human to have feelings
and shed tears for such things; but the grasses and flowers of the lakeside go on for ever, unmoved. As evening falls, the city is
full of the dust of foreign horseman. My way is towards the South City, but my gaze turns northward.

Submitted: Saturday, May 26, 2001

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  • Freshman - 2,278 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/29/2006 6:21:00 AM)

    AN INSPIRING POET NEARLY TWO MILLENIUMS AHEAD OF HIS TIME...
    READ HIS PROSEWORK CAREFULLY AND FEEL THE IMAGERY WALK THROUGH YOU LIKE SPIRITS IN TIME...READ TODAYS POETS AND YOU WILL COME TO UNDERSTAND THE IMMEASURABLE IMPACT THAT ARTISTS
    LIKE TU FU HAVE TO THIS DAY ON WORLD LITERATURE...

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