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AN IDEAL TRIO, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: An arbor of flowers
Last Line: Away in the sky.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rihaku; Li Pai; Li Tai Pe; Li Bo; Li Bai
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Friendship; Nature; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


An arbor of flowers
and a kettle of wine:
Alas! in the bowers
no companion is mine.
Then the moon sheds her rays
on my goblet and me,
And my shadow betrays
we're a party of three.

Though the moon cannot swallow
her share of the grog,
And my shadow must follow
wherever I jog --
Yet their friendship I'll borrow
and gaily carouse,
And laugh away sorrow
while springtime allows.

See the moon -- how she glances
response to my song;
See my shadow -- it dances
so lightly along!
While sober I feel
you are both my good friends;
When drunken I reel,
our companionship ends.
But we'll soon have a greeting
without a good-bye,
At our next merry meeting
away in the sky.






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