DU FU - One Copper Coin

Most of Du Fu's life was lived in poverty, much of it wandering as a result of war, or in exile.  This poem demonstrates that no matter how tragic his personal circumstances, he brings hope to his situation.  To eat the dawn for breakfast is both heart-breaking and enobling.  Du Fu's humanity shows itself with clarity and beauty.

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    The leaves of green cedar are bitter

    But one can still chew them.

    The pink dawn is plenty to dine on

    For breakfast.  Greed will go

    To every length in the world

    Yet mine is the hard way.

    Without having to cook,

    Frozen wells remain untouched.

    Without pillow and blanket

    Cold nature must be one's bed.

    So that my pocket will not be

    Completely void, I shall leave

    In its care, one copper coin.

     

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