rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,
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Belated Happy October

Well, yesterday was the first of October (my second favorite month) and I forgot to even mention it. The autumny goodness continued tonight, fresh breezes scattering leaves and the stars sparkling, and a raccoon went stumbling through the dried stalks of the lilies with great noise. As morning approached, a few clouds returned, and in the east they now glow lavender. The coolness is positively luxuriant, and I don't miss summer at all.



Sunday Verse


Bringing In the Wine


by Li Po


See how the Yellow River's waters move out of heaven,
Entering the ocean, never to return.
See how lovely locks in bright mirrors in high chambers,
Though silken-black at morning, have changed by night to snow.
...Oh, let a man of spirit venture where he pleases
And never tip his golden cup empty toward the moon!
Since heaven gave the talent, let it be employed!
Spin a thousand pieces of silver, all of them come back!
Cook a sheep, kill a cow, whet the appetite,
And make me, of three hundred bowls, one long drink!
...To the old master, Ts'en,
And the young scholar, Tan-ch'iu,
Bring in the wine!
Let your cups never rest!
Let me sing you a song!
Let your ears attend!
What are bell and drum, rare dishes and treasure?
Let me be forever drunk and never come to reason!
Sober men of olden days and sages are forgotten,
And only the great drinkers are famous for a time.
...Prince Ch'en paid at a banquet in the Palace of Perfection
Ten thousand coins for a cask of wine, with many a laugh and quip.
Why say, my host, that your money is gone?
Go and buy wine and we'll drink it together!
My flower-dappled horse,
My furs worth a thousand,
Hand them to the boy to exchange for good wine,
And we'll drown away the woes of ten thousand generations!


translated by Witter Bynner
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