Ouyang Xiu

After The Lotus Flowers Have Opened - Poem by Ouyang Xiu

Lotus flower open after west lake good
Carry wine come time
Not use flag pennant
Before behind red curtain green canopy follow

Paint boat punt enter flower deep place
Scent float gold cup
Mist rain small small
One piece pipes song drunk in return
After the lotus flowers have opened- West Lake is good.
Come for a while and bring some wine,
There's no need for flags and pennants,
Before and behind, red curtains and green canopies follow.

The painted boat is punted in to where the flowers are thick.
Fragrance floats round golden cups,
Mist and rain are so, so fine,
In a snatch of pipes and song I drunkenly return.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 10, 2012

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