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A.D. 701-62

the more I drink these nights
the more I begin to feel like
Li Po:
drink wine and write
poems
write poems and drink
wine

all the time
sensing the limitations of
being
human

then
accepting that

the wine and the poems
intermixing:

there is a peaceable place
found
in the
war:

things
such as
light, shadow, sound
object
become
gently
fascinating.

Li Po
drunk on his
wine
knew that
just to know a
little
was
best.
    
Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way - 2002

A.D. 701-762

these dark nights
I begin to feel like
the Chinese poet
Li Po:
drinking wine and writing
poems
writing poems and drinking
wine

all the while
aware of the strict limitations
that come with
being
human

then
accepting that

the wine and the poems
gently
intermixing:

yes, there is a peaceable place
to be found
in this unending
war
we call life
where
things
such as
light, shadow, sound
objects
become
gently
and meaningfully
fascinating.

Li Po
drunk on his
wine
knew very well that
just to know
one thing well
was
best.