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A Friend Sends Her Perfumed Carriage

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A friend sends her perfumed carriage
And high-bred horses to fetch me.
I decline the invitation of
My old poetry and wine companion.

I remember the happy days in the lost capital.
We took our ease in the woman's quarters.
The Feast of Lanterns was elaborately celebrated -
Folded pendants, emerald hairpins, brocaded girdles,
New sashes - we competed

To see who was most smartly dressed.
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Pha Thanh Gian 29 April 2005

So so sad... the inevitable aging process. But at least the author has had his heydays.

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Sakalabaktula Sairaj 20 December 2017

i prefer to stay beyond the curtains, and listen to talk laughter i can no longer share so nice lines i read it

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Rajnish Manga 13 July 2017

The poem gives us a hint about how time plays its role and priorities get changed in life. Adorable poem. Thanks.

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M Asim Nehal 22 October 2016

Such a good poem with articulate writing, Now I am withering away, Wind-blown hair, frost temples. I prefer to stay beyond the curtains, And listen to talk and laughter I can no longer share.

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* Sunprincess * 09 October 2015

....beautiful poem...wonderful message ?

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John Tiong Chunghoo 02 October 2006

a simple poem that really touches. melancholy. good one li.

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