To Li Bai
When autumn comes, you’re drifting still like thistledown;
You try to find the way to heaven, but you fail.
In singing mad and drinking dead your days you drown.
O when will fly the roc? O when will leap the whale?
The poem ” To Li Bai” is a seven-line poem written by Du Fu, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The poem was written around the fourth year of Tianbao (745) when Du Fu traveled to Qi and Zhao, when Li Bai was rejected by the sycophants and was away from Kyoto, wandering in Qi and Lu, and had the good fortune to meet with Du Fu in Shandong. The poem laments their wandering and unsuccessful studies. The two lines of the poem, “Drinking hard”, are not only an exhortation to his friend, but also a self-caution, which is a serious point of view and shows the sincerity of their friendship. The poem is full of melancholy, ups and downs, simple words and rich meanings, and endless rhymes.