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By the Winding River
by Du Fu

The fall of one blossom
Diminishes spring
How much more sorrowful
This wind that strips
The bough clean
And how I long
For a blossom
More enduring

To be inured to this pain
The wine stains my lips

By the river I see
The blue winged kingfisher
Perched in its nest
While above the burial mound
The stone Unicorn crouches

It takes only a delicate push
For us creatures
To know pleasure
What's the use of worrying
About good name
Given our stumbling ways

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