Today's Beautiful Gem: `Spring' by Tu Fu (713-770),
translated by perhaps Robert Payne.

"Mountains and rivers lie in the opening sun.
Spring winds freshen the flowers and herbs.
Swallows are flying to fill their nests with mud.
Doves spread themselves drowsily in hot sand.
The blue river reflects the white birds.
On the green mountains red flowers are burning.
Silently I watch the procession of Spring.
Then I will return to my beloved home."

Om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao