[TRANSLATION]赠郭将军 – A Poem for General Guo


A Poem for General Guo

Author: Bai Li(AD701-AD762, Tang Dynasty)

Translator: Lei Fan 2017 in Chicago


The general defended Fortress Wu Wei when he was juvenile,

Now he guards the Silver Terrace for the royal family.

In dawn, he serves in the court, carrying his long swords,

At sunset, he returns with his horsewhip inverted, a little drunk.

His adorable son plays flute, standing still in the breeze,

Those beauties dance with their soft costumes under the moon.

The valor and the heroic spirit seem to be in a dream,

Toast and intoxicate ourselves, enjoy every moment of this warm spring.

Image Courtesy: 灵武市政府网站郭震,字天威,号西河

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