Nocturnal Reflections While Traveling (visiting Tu Fu)


Nocturnal Reflections While Traveling (visiting Tu Fu)

A soft breeze strokes the grass onshore
The boat’s single mast stands tall in the night
Above the surrounding plains, shooting stars
The moon seems to rise from the mighty river
I wonder if my words are worth reading
Should the old and sick be restricted from writing
When they seem to flutter from place to place
Like a gull between earth and sky?

Literal translations of classic Chinese poetry can be found at This is my interpretation of a poem by Tu Fu. The literal translation, as provided at, is as follows:

Nocturnal Reflections While Traveling

Gently grass soft wind shore
Tall mast alone night boat
Stars fall flat fields broad
Moon rises great river flows
Name not literary works mark
Official should old sick stop
Flutter flutter what place seem
Heaven earth one sand gull

Image source: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Today is Day 1 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo 2017).

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