Po Chu-I

(China)

Planting a Lichi Tree


The red fruit of the lichi

Is as precious as the pearl.



Here I stand,

An aged, white-haired man,

And plant a lichi

In my courtyard!



How can I know

Who will be here

When ten more years

Have come and gone ?

What a fool I am!

Submitted: Thursday, September 30, 2010
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