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  • After the wood
    has been darkened by rain
    and a downy coo
    has called in the day,
    Po Chü-i turns to the page
    and whispers:

    "Sorrow will leave,
    Solitude will rise;
    These two hearty friends
    are bamboo and pine."

    Cup the candle's light -
    Let evening come.


    (This poem was written in admiration for Tang poet Bai Juyi after having read selections by him in
    David Hinton's
    Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology.)

    [photo by Shane Convery]
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