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Photo from hotel window in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province.

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Sitting By The Water
Bai Juyi 722-846   

Once a sojourner within east palace walls,
now member of a religious group of the Western Region--
a willow branch in hand, I sit by the water
quitely recalling past affairs--as though from a former existence.
 
Lín Shuǐ Zuò
Bái Jūyì 722-846

Xī wéi dōng yèyuán zhōng kè,
Jīn zuò xīfāng shè nèi rén.
Shǒu bǎ yáng zhī lín shuǐ
Xián sī wǎngshì sì qián shēn.
 
Translator: Burton Watson 華茲生

Notes:
From Burton Watson's book of translations of Bai Juyi poems; Po Chu-I Selected Poems, Columbia University Press

 
 
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