Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WAKING FROM DRUNKENNESS ON A SPRING DAY Li Po (c. 750, trans. Arthur Waley, 1919)


WAKING FROM  DRUNKENNESS ON A SPRING DAY

Li Po (c. 750, trans. Arthur Waley, 1919)

Life in the World is but a big dream;
I will not spoil it by any labour or care.”
So saying, I was drunk all the day,
Lying helpless at the porch in front of my door.
When I woke up, I blinked at the garden-lawn;
A lonely bird was singing amid the flowers.
I asked myself, had the day been wet or fine?
The Spring wind was telling the mango-bird.
Moved by its song I soon began to sigh,

And as wine was there I filled my own cup.
Wildly singing I waited for the moon to rise;
When my song was over, all my senses had gone.








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