Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Sand of Silk-Washing Brook”

Too lazy to trim my beard,
The moon contends with thin clouds—
Spring winds rake the dark alley.

A chaos of unread books
Spills across unmade bed sheets—
Cold words without your warm voice.

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Tune: “Sand of Silk-Washing Brook”
by Li Qingzhao

Languidly I leave my tresses uncombed,
Regretting that spring will soon be over.
Plum blossoms in the courtyard
Begin to fall in the evening breeze,
And moonbeams grow sparse
As light clouds drift to and fro.

The jade duck-censer idle
With the incense unlit.
Drooping tassels of many-colored feathers
All but conceal the small cherry-tinted bed-curtain.
My rhinoceros hairpin—
Is it still proof against the cold?

Translated by Jiaosheng Wang.

·浣溪沙
髻子伤春懒更梳,晚风庭院落梅初。淡云来往月疏疏。
玉鸭熏炉闲瑞脑,朱樱斗帐掩流苏。遗犀还解辟寒无。

·浣溪沙
髻子傷春懒更梳,晚風庭院落梅初。淡雲來往月疏疏。
玉鴨熏爐閒瑞腦,朱櫻斗帳掩流蘇。遺犀還解闢寒無。

Qīngzhào​ Huàn xī shā
Jì zi shāng chūn lǎn gèng shū , wǎn fēng tíngyuàn luò méi chū. Dàn yún láiwǎng yuè shū shū.
Yù yā xūn lú xián ruì nǎo , zhūyīngdòu zhàng yǎn liúsū . Yí xī hái jiě pì hán wú.

Wash/stream/sand
Hair tied-up in a topknot/Noun suffix/distressed/spring/lazy/even more/to comb, evening/breeze/court/yard/fall/plum blossoms/begin. Insipid/cloud/come/go/moon/sparse.
Jade/duck/fume/incense-burner/rests/auspicious/essence, vermillion/cherry/screen/cover-up/tassels. Bequeathed/Rhinoceros horn/still/solve/dispel/cold/not.

Here is all the ci/词 and responses to it on this blog.

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