The Almond Blossoms of Chao Village

We present this work in honor of Chinese New Year.

Bai Juyi
Chinese
772 – 846

 

For fifteen long years,
Times without number
I have come
To see the red almond-blossoms
Open in the spring.

Now I am growing old—
I am all of seventy-three,
And it is hard for my old legs
To come thus far.

I fear that this time
Is the last,
And I have come
To bid the red blossoms of the almond
A long farewell.

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