Li Ching Chao

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Tz'u No. 12


To the tune of "Happy Event Is Nigh"

The wind ceases; fallen flowers pile high.
Outside my screen, petals collect in heaps of red
and snow-white.

This reminds me that after the blooming
of the cherry-apple tree
It is time to lament the dying spring.

Singing and drinking have come to an end;
jade cups are empty;
Lamps are flickering.

Hardly able to bear the sorrows and regrets
of my dreams,
I hear the mournful cry of the cuckoo.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Rookie Aaron Sigmund (4/28/2005 8:17:00 PM)

    This is an excellent poem on many levels, it captivates the reader with the sorrow of the dying spring. (Report) Reply

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