Poems of Bai Juyi
Small post along the long river.
High tower in evening's light.
Green weeds fill all the low marshes.
White egrets in an empty sky.
I cannot see my homeland from here.
And there is no one to bear a letter.
News arrives that armies to the north
Continue fighting three years on.
It is 816 and Bai Juyi is still in Jiangzhou as Marshal, a lowly position for exiles. His family is here with him. So he must be missing Yuan Zhen who is still in the north. The two often exchange letters by horseback and slow Chinese river boats. But no one is going north with the fighting so close. In a year or so, these rebellions will be put down. And peace will reign throughout the empire -- for about eighteen months.