DU FU - The Beauty of Living

Du Fu often got drunk on wine which was the poet's convention of the day.  In fact, the painting on the right depicts the happy-go-lucky drunken poet.  In this poem, one can see him pawning a few extra clothes to buy wine, yet alas, wherever he goes, he remembers those who loaned him money for wine.  He was not alone, most of the T'ang poets got drunk.

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    On spring afternoons when toil is over,

    I pawn my clothes, rush down to the river

    And return home drunk at twilight.

    Wine debts pass me everywhere I go.

    Only a few men age to seventy years.

    Butterflies sparkle in the heart of flowerfields.

    Dragonflies skim the edge of water molecules.

    Wind and light and time are ever moving onward.

    Be still and feel this beauty of living.

     

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