WHEN YOU ASK WHY I reside right here DOCILE one of the a long way eco-friendly HILLS, I snort IN MY center. MY middle IS HAPPY.
THE PEACH-BLOSSOM WATCHES THE RIVER working yet continues to be content material. there's a greater HEAVEN AND EARTH THAN THE BUSY global OF MEN.
I HAVE visible A ROAD
I HAVE noticeable A highway THAT WANDERS IN eco-friendly coloration, THAT RUNS via candy FIELDS OF plants. MY EYES HAVE TRAVELED THERE, AND JOURNEYED a long way alongside THAT COOL high-quality ROAD.
BUT i'll by no means fairly stroll THAT street; IT doesn't particularly bring about the place SHE LIVES.
WHEN SHE was once BORN, THEY sure HER LITTLE toes WITH leather-based BANDS; MY BELOVÈD by no means WALKS the line OF color AND FLOWERS.
WHEN SHE was once BORN, THEY certain HER LITTLE center WITH leather-based BANDS; MY BELOVÈD by no means LISTENS TO MY SONG.
FADED NARCISSUS, FLOATING DOWN THE RIVER TO TIENOUAN.... in the event you SEE THERE a tender woman DREAMING, lower than A CINNAMON TREE THAT HAS BLOSSOMED two times on account that WE EMBRACED, inform HER ... I scent A clean CARNATION to recollect HER PERFUME.
YOU RODE A YELLOW HORSE, I RODE A WHITE ONE.... HORSES colours, yet OUR BOYISH HEARTS have been ONE.
WE RODE jointly during the nation, a couple OF PRANCING PEACOCKS ... OUR JEWELED lengthy SWORDS SHINING within the solar, OUR TALL HEADDRESSES SCARLET, AND OUR worthy FURS worthy hundreds of thousands ... WE have been site visitors OF ALL 5 ORDERS OF NOBILITY.
NOW, MY FIERCE TIGER pal HAS CRASHED right into a capture. it's high quality to stand destiny NOBLY ... but when MY courageous COMRADE IS at risk, WHAT excitement am i able to locate IN BEING loose AND HAPPY?
A ignored WIFE
A WINDOW OPENS AND a gorgeous lady seems OUT. HER EYES ARE rainy AS SHE seems to be AT GRASS TURNING eco-friendly ahead of HER apartment, AT WILLOWS IN NEW LEAF alongside THE RIVER. IN instances earlier, while SHE appeared OUT, SHE SANG.
WHEN YOU personal A TREASURE you need to know the way to maintain IT. MY good friend, YOURS HAS appealing LEGS: be cautious, OR it is going to RUN AWAY!
THE POET AND THE DANCERS
HERE, DAY AND evening, THE PRETTIEST ladies OF THE EMPIRE ARE DANCING ... SONGS AND LAUGHTER ECHO FROM THE GOLDEN SCREENS.
WHEN all of the OTHERS ARE triumph over WITH consuming, I placed DOWN MY WINE. I TAKE MY BRUSH, I rainy THE GOLDEN INK, and that i WRITE unhappy POEMS WITH SWAYING CHARACTERS THAT seem like those ROSY our bodies STREWN ON A MARBLE FLOOR.
I might be ALONE
THIS LAKE AT KUEN-MING, HOW WONDROUS IT was once within the DAYS OF HAN! THEN IT FLOATED A PARADE OF PROUD WAR-JUNKS homosexual WITH FLAGS ... NOW it is just A naked replicate AT evening FOR THE SPINNING BOY ... THAT STAR-BOY WHO doesn't FLEE FROM COLD.
BLACK SEED-PODS FROM THE KOUMI BLOW ON IT NOW. THERE ARE LILIES AND LOTUS-FLOWERS TOO ... yet quickly THE NORTH WIND WILL RIP AWAY THEIR LEAVES.
AND i'll be by myself WITH MY UNHAPPINESS.
REMEMBER TO put on THEM
A SHADOW at the WINDOW-SCREEN.... WHO COMES amassing MY vegetation? SHE may well decide THEM IF she's going to, yet what's going to SHE DO WITH THEM?
THE most sensible SPRAYS ARE THERE underneath THE EAVES. choose extra of those ... AND take into accout, YOU WHO assemble flora, put on THEM on your HAIR.
To be proceed during this ebook..................................................................................
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