A Response to a Fourth Li Qingzhao “Sand of Silk-Washing Brook”

Windows open all day long,
Birdsong laced with lilac scent,
Free to follow my own thoughts,
Sudden thunder—speeds the dark.

The rain drums out sharp warnings,
Car tires whisper and hiss,
Lightning extends bright fingers,
Distant sirens—approaching.

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Depth Charge: The gentle melancholy over the passing of all things in the original is replaced by a much more ominous foreboding in the response poem. Perhaps that is why a Biblical reference crept in, if it is paranoia you are looking for, you can’t beat the Abrahamic religions and killjoys like Isaiah and Paul.

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

A small courtyard, an idle window:
The mellow tints of spring.
Double blinds unfurled:
A room deep in shadow.
Upstairs, silently,
Someone plucking a jade zither.

Clouds emerging from far-off peaks
Hasten the fall of dusk.
A soft breeze blowing rain
Dallies with light shade
Pear blossoms already past their bloom—
I’m afraid one can’t keep them from fading.

Translated by Jiaosheng Wang.

李清照·浣溪沙
小院闲窗春色深,重帘未卷影沉沉。倚楼无语理瑶琴。
远岫出云催薄暮,细风吹雨弄轻阴。梨花欲谢恐难禁。

李清照·浣溪沙
小院閒窗春色深,重簾未卷影沉沉。倚樓無語理瑤琴。
遠岫出雲催薄暮,細風吹雨弄輕陰。梨花欲謝恐難禁。

Lǐqīngzhào · huànxīshā·
Xiǎo yuàn xián chuāng chūnsè shēn, zhòng lián wèi juǎn yǐng chénchén. Yǐ lóu wúyǔ lǐ yáo qín.
Yuǎn xiù chū yún cuī bómù, xì fēng chuī yǔ nòng qīng yīn. Líhuā yù xiè kǒng nán jìn.

Li Qingzhao Wash/stream/sand
Small/courtyard/to stay idle/window/spring/colour/dark, double/curtains/not/rolled-up/shadow/submerge/submerge. Lean on/building/without/words/to handle/jade/zither. Distant/mountain peak/

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

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