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Once On Board with Li Bai

朝發白帝城 † † † †
朝辭白帝彩雲間 † † † † †
千里江陵一日還 † † † † †
兩岸猿聲啼不住 † † † † †
輕舟已過萬重山 † † † †  
Zao Fa Baidi Cheng † † † †  
chao ci Baidi cai yun jian † † † † †
qian li Jiangling yi ri huan † † † †  
liang an yuan sheng ti bu zhu † † † † †
qing zhou yi guo wan chong shan † † † † †
† † † † †
† † † † †  
Bade farewell to my little shy rose bud † † † † †
sailing with my drifting heart † † † † †
my dream boat, the skiff swerves † † † † †
into the three gorges of Yangtze River † † † † †
in the territory of Baidi City † † † † †
I met LI Bai, the God of Poetry † † † † †
† † † † †  
He was born an upper-class dandy † † † † †
goofing around was his hobby † † † † †
once he skipped his study † † † † †
and learned street smarts † † † † †  
about persistence from an old lady † † † † †
the story he passed down † † † † †  
tells us how a thick iron pestle † † † † †  
can be ground into a tiny needle † † † † †
† † † † †  
Where I saw him a drunken poet † † † † †
as well as a depressed politician † † † † †
owing to the false accusation † † † † †
mistaken by the fatuous emperor † † † † †  
as a victim of a court intrigue † † † † †
suffering from his banishment † † † † †
then he got amnesty † † † † †
telling he had been set free † † † † †
† † † † †  
At dawn we set off from Baidi †† † † † †
the cloud surrounding towering city † † †
My skiff came downstream † † † † †
flying one thousand miles in a dream † † † † †
passing through ten thousand mountain ranges † † † † † †
accompanied by the non-stop ape screams † † † † †
† † † † †  
Being cheerful going home † † † † †
he couldnít help but write a poem † † † † †
a seven-character quatrain † † † † †
with only 28 words † † † † †
Itís the grand finale † † † † †
the rarest commodity † † † † †
in Tong Dynasty † † † † †
even in Chinese poetry history
RoseJasmine
Written by RoseJasmine
Published | Edited 31st Jan 2018
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