Treasure Island

Bai Juyi

(772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi)

A Foresaken Garden


I enter the court
Through the middle gate—
And my sleeve is wet with tears.

The flowers still grow
In the courtyard,
Though two springs have fled
Since last their master came.

The windows, porch, and bamboo screen
Are just as they always were,
But at the entrance to the house
Someone is missing—
You!

Submitted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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