English poetry

Poems in English

Ballad of the Old Cypress

In front of the temple of Chu-ko Liang there is an old cypress. Its branches Are like green bronze; its […]

Full Moon

Above the tower a lone, twice-sized moon. On the cold river passing night-filled homes, It scatters restless gold across the […]

Morning Rain

A slight rain comes, bathed in dawn light. I hear it among treetop leaves before mist Arrives. Soon it sprinkles […]

Dreaming of Li Po

After the separation of death one can eventually swallow back one’s grief, but The separation of the living is an […]


Roads not yet glistening, rain slight, Broken clouds darken after thinning away. Where they drift, purple cliffs blacken. And beyond […]

Gazing at the Sacred Peak

For all this, what is the mountain god like? An unending green of lands north and south: From ethereal beauty […]

Restless Night

As bamboo chill drifts into the bedroom, Moonlight fills every corner of our Garden. Heavy dew beads and trickles. Stars […]

On a Prospect of T'ai-shan

How is one to describe this king of mountains? Throught the whole of Ch’i and Lu one never loses sight […]

Moonlit Night

Tonight at Fu-chou, this moon she watches Alone in our room. And my little, far-off Children, too young to understand […]

Day's End

Oxen and sheep were brought back down Long ago, and bramble gates closed. Over Mountains and rivers, far from my […]

By the Lake

The old fellow from Shao-ling weeps with stifled sobs as he walks furtively by the bends of the Sepentine on […]

Overnight at the Riverside Tower

Evening colors linger on mountain paths. Out beyond this study perched over River Gate, At the cliff’s edge, frail clouds […]

To the Recluse, Wei Pa

Often in this life of ours we resemble, in our failure to meet, the Shen and Shang constellations, one of […]

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