At the Graveyard of Former Prime Minister Fang
Being on journey in a foreign land,
I stop my steed at your tomb and still stand.
Wet with tears, no soil in the yard is dry,
Even broken clouds would weep in the sky.
You might play chess with General Xie at ease;
I’d hang my sword in your yard green with trees.
I have only fallen flowers in view
To hear orioles sing their song of adieu.
“At the Graveyard of Former Prime Minister Fang” is a poem in five lines written by Du Fu, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The poem was written when the poet was passing through Langzhou to visit the tomb of his old friend, Fang Kuan, expressing the poet’s longing for his old friend and his deep concern and sorrow for the affairs of the state. The poem is written in a graceful and elegant way, but also with deep and subtle feelings.