Moonlit Night by Tu Fu

Leonard Durso

Tonight at Fu-chou, this moon she watches
Alone in our room. And my little, far-off
Children, too young to understand what keeps me
Away, or even remember Ch’ang-an. By now,

Her hair will be mist-scented, her jade-white
Arms chilled in its clear light. When
Will it find us together again, drapes drawn
Open, light traced where it dries our tears?

translated by David Hinton

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4 thoughts on “Moonlit Night by Tu Fu

  1. “Her hair will be mist- scented, her Jade white arms chilled in its clear light”.
    My goodness what incredibly beautiful words, to be able to write like that. More, more, more please.

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