A Farewell Song Of White Clouds by Li Po (Li Bai)

Leonard Durso

The white clouds float over the mountains of Chu–
As over the mountains of Chin.
Everywhere the white clouds will follow you on.

They will follow you on everywhere–
With you they will enter the Chu mountains,
And cross the waters of the Hsiang.

Yonder across the waters of the Hsiang,
There is a cloak of ivy to wear,
And you may lie in a bed of white clouds.

Go swiftly home, O my friend!

translated by Shigeyoshi Obata

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3 thoughts on “A Farewell Song Of White Clouds by Li Po (Li Bai)

  1. again a wonderful poem………’and u may lie on bed of white clouds’ impressive line.hey leonardo !!have u see d tragic side of life from ur eyes?plz reply.

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