Po Chu-I Poems
|1.||Planting A Lichi Tree||9/30/2010|
|2.||The Almond Blossoms Of Chao Village||9/30/2010|
|3.||A Lament For My Son Ts’ui||9/30/2010|
|5.||The Grain Tribute||9/30/2010|
|6.||The Old Man With The Broken Arm||9/30/2010|
|7.||The Dragon Of The Black Pool||9/30/2010|
|9.||Staying At Bamboo Lodge||9/30/2010|
|10.||Night On The West River||9/30/2010|
|11.||On Being Stricken With Paralysis||9/30/2010|
|13.||Remembering Golden Bells||9/30/2010|
|16.||Lazy Man's Song||9/30/2010|
|17.||The Philosopher [lao Tzu]||9/30/2010|
|18.||The Red Cockatoo||9/30/2010|
|19.||A Forsaken Garden||9/30/2010|
|20.||The Dwarfs Of Tao-Chou||9/30/2010|
The Dwarfs Of Tao-Chou
In the land of Tao-chou
Many of the people are dwarfs;
The tallest of them never grow to more than three feet.
They were sold in the market as dwarf slaves and yearly sent to Court;
Described as “an offering of natural products from the land of Tao-chou.”
A strange “offering of natural products “; I never heard of one yet
That parted men from those they loved, never to meet again!
Old men—weeping for their grandsons; mothers for their children!
One day—Yang Ch’ëng came to govern the land;
He refused to send up dwarf slaves in spite of incessant mandates.
The Grain Tribute
There came an officer knocking by night at my door
In a loud voice demanding grain-tribute.
My house-servants dared not wait till the morning,
But brought candles and set them on the barn-floor.
Passed through the sieve, clean-washed as pearls,