Before The Cask of Wine

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Li Bai relied on Taoist imagery and vivid expressions in his prose and verse. His great love for liquor and wine is legendary, and we certainly appreciate that.
干杯 Gānbēi

An illustration for the story Before The Cask of Wine by the author Li Bai
An illustration for the story Before The Cask of Wine by the author Li Bai
An illustration for the story Before The Cask of Wine by the author Li Bai

The spring wind comes from the east and quickly passes,
Leaving faint ripples in the wine of the golden bowl.
The flowers fall, flake after flake, myriads together.

You, pretty girl, wine-flushed,
Your rosy face is rosier still.
How long may the peach and plum trees flower
By the green-painted house?
The fleeting light deceives man,
Brings soon the stumbling age.

Rise and dance
In the westering sun
While the urge of youthful years is yet unsubdued!
What avails to lament after one's hair has turned white
like silken threads?


Before The Cask of Wine was featured as The Short Story of the Day on Sun, Jan 01, 2012

You might also enjoy the eloquent imagery of haiku poetry by Matsuo Basho.

This poem is featured in our selection of 100 Great Poems.


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