oh how I wish they would stay


Tu Fu to Tao-Chien   Across the Centuries

Gone in a flash the bright flowers.

Old. How I wish they would stay!

Why can’t these present things

Be back in our younger days?

Drinking – sets free the mind

Writing – unfolds the heart

We would meet, Tao, in this thought

Though we cannot meet in time.

          ~Tu Fu (712-770)