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li po | for tu fu



On Boiled Rice Mountain
I met Tu Fu

wearing a big round
bamboo hat
in the hot noon sun

Tu Fu
how come
you’ve grown
so thin?

you must be suffering
too much
from poetry!

[from FIVE T’ANG POETS, translated by David Young]


  1. some of us grow fat on poetry

  2. If only that worked––I think Tu Fu has been imbibing again (and again) as Li Po said on many occasions. I think he traveled so much because he tipped over the dinner bowl so often!

  3. And at 75
    I ain’t even begun
    to suffer
    unlike my readers

    Thanks again, NB

  4. Leonard Cirinoq

    October 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Yes, I know this one, thanks, Leo getting fat

  5. Get drunk on words and fat on love. Yes.

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