Li Ching Chao

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Sorrow of Departure


Red lotus incense fades on
The jeweled curtain. Autumn
Comes again. Gently I open
My silk dress and float alone
On the orchid boat. Who can
Take a letter beyond the clouds?
Only the wild geese come back
And write their ideograms
On the sky under the full
Moon that floods the West Chamber.
Flowers, after their kind, flutter
And scatter. Water after
Its nature, when spilt, at last
Gathers again in one place.
Creatures of the same species
Long for each other. But we
Are far apart and I have
Grown learned in sorrow.
Nothing can make it dissolve
And go away. One moment,
It is on my eyebrows.
The next, it weighs on my heart.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • S. A. S. (7/26/2008 11:08:00 AM)

    Line by line, timeless perfection. 'Who can/ Take a letter beyond the clouds? '
    'Creatures of the same species/ Long for each other' (Report) Reply

  • Zhuli Xin (12/29/2007 6:00:00 PM)

    It weighs on my heart
    this motherly love
    as existence engulfs
    my faraway homeland
    show me the light
    of Return
    beyond my mountains
    rivers autumn flowers
    of qung dong! (Report) Reply

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