Bai Juyi

(772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi)

Regret for Peony Flowers


Melancholy steps before red peonies
Evening come only be two branches remain
Bright morning wind start cope blow exhaust
Night regret decline red hold fire look
I'm saddened by the peonies before the steps, so red,
As evening came I found that only two remained.
Once morning's winds have blown, they surely won't survive,
At night I gaze by lamplight, to cherish the fading red.

Submitted: Thursday, August 09, 2012

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