Du Fu: Returning Wild Geese

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Returning Wild Geese

归 雁
东 来 万 里 客
乱 定 几 年 归?
场 断 江 城 雁
高 高 向 北 飞!
Gui Yan

Dong lai wan li ke
Luan ding ji nian gui?
Chang duan jiang cheng yan
Gao gao xiang bei fei!

 

Returning Wild Geese

From thousands of miles, visitors arrive from the east
After chaos, how many years until true peace and calm return?
Broken heart as the migrating geese land near capital city walls
Flying at a very high elevation, they turn to the north!

 

Commentary:

After so many years of war and violence, even the migrating geese have to fly at high elevations to avoid being brought down by arrows.

 

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