Bai Juyi

772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi

Going Alone To Spend A Night At The Hsien-Yu Temple

The crane from the shore standing at the top of the steps;
The moon on the pool seen at the open door;
Where these are, I made my lodging-place
And for two nights could not turn away.
I am glad I chanced on a place so lonely and still
With no companion to drag me early home.
Now that I have tasted the joy of being alone
I will never again come with a friend at my side.
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