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Alone Looking at the Mountain
Li Po

All the birds have flown up and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other—
Only the mountain and I.

This poem is in the public domain.

Li Po (702-761) is one of China's best known poets.  Also known as Li Bai, this wealthy scholar produced an abundance of work praised for its imagination, imagery, and celebration of simple subject matter.  Beloved by rich and poor alike, Li Po spent most of his life traveling around his home country. Generous with his wealth and fond of a good time, Li Po was alternately favored and imprisoned by Chinese royalty. His nickname, "the poem god," came from his alleged ability to produce beautiful poetry quickly and effortlessly. More than a thousand of his poems are still around for us to read and enjoy.

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Lovely. I wish I had a mountain nearby.
Posted 06/08/2013 03:21 PM
Love the solitude and peace.
Posted 06/08/2013 02:29 PM
Ginny C.:
Love the poetry of Li Po. It still speaks to us today.
Posted 06/08/2013 10:53 AM
Few words; much said. Good for me.
Posted 06/08/2013 08:11 AM
Gary Busha:
Posted 06/08/2013 06:52 AM

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