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Monday, August 25, 2014

Spending the Night Talking with My Friend. Li Bai, Chinese Poet, Tang Dynasty

We have forgotten all about our sorrows
A hundred cups will barely quench our thirst

The night is kind to friendly conversation
The moon's so bright - we do not care for sleep

Until we are so tired that we feel
Our bed is earth, our blanket is the sky.

P.S. The translation is mine.

Bio note: 

Li Bai (701[1]–762), also known as Li Po, was a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius and romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights. He and his friend Du Fu (712–770) were the two most prominent figures in the flourishing of Chinese poetry in the mid-Tang Dynasty that is often called the "Golden Age of China".