Daily Archives: February 23, 2017

Shinkokinshu – Fujiwara Shunzei 

As evening falls,  From along the moors the autumn wind  Blows chill into the heart;  And the quails raise their plaintive cry  In the deep grass of Fukakusa village.  Advertisements

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Our Boat Starts at Night – Li Ching Chao 

Our boat starts at night  from the beach of Yen Kuang. Great ships sail only for profit  Only small boats come here because of your fame.  The passers-by are embarrassed by your virtue.  So in the night we steal by … Continue reading

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Last Night – Li Ching Chao

last  night  thin  rain,  gusty  wind.  Dense  sleep  doesn’t  fade  a wine  hangover.  I’m talking  to her  who  rolled up  the curtains.  Are you  blind!  I  say.  By now  they’re  fat  green  and skimpy  red. 

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Autumn Love – Li Ching Chao 

Search. Search. Seek. Seek.  Cold. Cold. Clear. Clear.  Sorrow. Sorrow. Pain. Pain.  Hot flashes. Sudden chills.  Stabbing pains. Slow agonies.  I can find no peace.  I drink two cups, then three bowls,  Of clear wine until I can’t  Stand up … Continue reading

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As in A Dream – Li Ching Chao 

To the melody of “Ru Meng Lin” Last night in the light rain as rough winds blew, My drunken sleep left me no merrier. I question one that raised the curtain, who Replies: “The wild quince trees — are as … Continue reading

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A Morning Dream – Li Ching Chao 

This morning I dreamed I followed Widely spaced bells, ringing in the wind, And climbed through mists to rosy clouds. I realized my destined affinity With An Ch’i-sheng the ancient sage. I met unexpectedly O Lu-hua The heavenly maiden. Together … Continue reading

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A Friend Sends Her Perfumed Carriage – Li Ching Chao

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.  … Continue reading

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