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BELL AND DRUM ON THE SOUTH RIVER BANK, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Bell and drum on the south river bank
Last Line: Beyond treetops I see the slant of a bridge.
Alternate Author Name(s): Su Dongpo; Tzu-chan; Su Tung-p'o; Su Shi
Variant Title(s): Bell And Drum On The South River Bank (1101)
Subject(s): Happiness; Homecoming; Rain; Joy; Delight


FOLLOWING the rhymes of Chiang Hui-shu:

Bell and drum on the south river bank:
home! I wake startled from a dream.
Drifting clouds – so the world shifts;
lone moon – such is the light of my mind.
Rain drenches down as from a tilted basin;
poems flow out like water spilled.
The two rivers vie to send me off;
beyond treetops I see the slant of a bridge.






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