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National Poetry Month No. 4: Li Po - Along the Stream [20110422|18:43]
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Li Po - Along the Stream (translated from the original Chinese by L. Cranmer-Byng)

The rustling nightfall strews my gown with roses,
And wine-flushed petals bring forgetfulness
Of shadow after shadow striding past.
I arise with the stars exultingly and follow
The sweep of the moon along the rushing stream,
Where no birds wake; only the far-drawn sigh
Of wary voices whispering farewell.


I love the compact density of this poem. It manages to portray such a complex, evolving scene in so few words. At the same time, it's not merely a detached observation. It is personal, not just because the narrator is in it, but because it conveys exactly the sense of alertness and slight wariness I get when outside alone in the countryside on a cool clear night.

[User Picture]From: victorine
2011-04-24 00:12 (UTC)
Off topic, I love the user icon that's on this post. When are you going to write the book/novel that goes along with it? (whenever I see this pic of you I think, I want to read that book. Oh wait, it's not a book)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-04-24 17:54 (UTC)
Ooh. A plot is forming. I shall ponder this further. Maybe I can work on it while I"m on the train.
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