Drinking Alone (visiting Tu Mu)


Drinking Alone (visiting Tu Mu)

Outside my window, the wind blows the snow sideways.
I open a flask and let the wine and stove take me in,
much like a fishing boat in the rain
with sail down, as one with the sleepy autumn river.

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

Drinking AloneDrinking Alone

Window outside straight wind snow
Embrace stove open wine flask
How like fishing boat rain
Sail down sleep autumn river

Image source: Fishing in Moonlight by Kawase Hasui,
          via erawoodblockprints.com
More Chinese interpretations can be found here.

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