In Absence

White gleam the gulls across the darkling tide,
On the green hills the red flowers seem to burn;
Alas ! I see another spring has died. . . . .
When will it come—the day of my return?


220px-Du_Fu_(Chinese_characters).svgby Tu Fu



Du Fu stone rubbing Qing dynasty


Tu Fu, 712-770, also known as Du Fu, is considered to be one of China’s greatest poets of the Tang dynasty.

Image: stone rubbing, Qing dynasty (1644–1911/12).