Li Ching Chao

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Tz'u No. 18


To the tune of "Intoxicated in the Shadow of Flowers"

Thin mist, dense clouds, a grief-stricken day;
auspicious incense burns in the gold animal.
Once again, it is the joyous mid-autumn festival,
but a midnight chill
touches my jade pillow and silk bed-screen.

I drink wine by the eastern fence in the yellow dusk.
Now a dark fragrance fills
my sleeves and makes me spin.
The bamboo blinds sway in the west wind.
And I am even thinner than a yellow flower.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Rookie S. A. S. (7/26/2008 11:32:00 AM)

    A better translation than the other one posted here of 'Tipsy in the Flower's Shade'

    Still not equivalent to Eugene Eoyang's translation as printed in SUNFLOWER SPENDOR (Report) Reply

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