The Egrets by Du Mu (803 – 852)

for my friend Lucy


Like a constellation of snow-draped stars they take off

In a flock to fish in the shadows on the creek

Flustered they fly far and shine from the jade-green hills

Like a tree of pear blossoms falling in an evening breeze


Translated by Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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4 Responses to The Egrets by Du Mu (803 – 852)

  1. arlingwoman says:

    These poems are so beautiful and so intensely visual. You have been my introduction to them. I look forward to more.

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  2. oglach says:

    I’ve started reading these classical poets in earnest since I began enjoying your translations. Much obliged. :)

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