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Waterfall at Lu-Shan
Li Po


Sunlight streams on the river stones.
From high above, the river steadily plunges--

three thousand feet of sparkling water--
the Milky Way pouring down from heaven.

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.


Post New Comment:
Ginny C.:
It's a gorgeous poem. After reading the newspaper this morning, it is a relief to exchange images from the news with this timeless and beautiful scene.
Posted 08/20/2014 09:52 AM
Gary Busha:
Yes, incomparable.
Posted 08/20/2014 05:52 AM
How lovely
Posted 08/20/2014 02:10 AM
There is only one Li Po...drunk on beauty. Thank you!
Posted 08/20/2014 12:21 AM

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