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.