Gay Pride Parade: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Complaint Against A Prince”
Mid-August and the weather turns cool,
The rain falls for three days and three nights,
The cold and the wet
Silences the cicadas,
But the green grass at least is lengthening
Through the cracked concrete steps.
After two weeks at the seaside
Feeling the sun, the wind and the saltwater
On my bare skin,
I am back in Montreal,
Lying in the dark,
Listening to the anemic rain
Through the open window.
Tomorrow is gay pride again
And, if the clouds clear,
I will join the noisy, colorful crowd,
And as they dance by
I will think of the ones
Who were here last year
But have passed like a parade.
(For all those who have died in the past year, you know who they are.)
Tune: “Complaint Against A Prince”
Spring in the Boudoir
by Li Qingzhao
Late spring in the Imperial city,
A hall deeply secluded within double gates.
Once more the grass in front of the steps
Grows lush and green,
And from my upstairs window
I gaze and gaze at the last wild geese
Vanishing from the evening sky.
Nowhere to find a messenger to convey
My teeming thoughts far away.
I am in deep sorrow–
A sorrow that never abates.
The deeper your love, the more poignant
The feeling of sadness there’s no resisting.
It is again Cold Food Day.
The garden swings lying idle ,
The lanes deserted.
All is quiet save a bright moon
That slants down to drench the pear blossoms.
Lǐqīngzhào “yuàn wángsūn/yì wángsūn”
dì lǐ chūnwǎn, zhòng mén shēn yuàn.
Cǎolǜ jiē qián, mù tiān yàn duàn.
Lóu shàng yuǎn xìn shuí chuán? Hèn miánmián.
Duō qíng zì shì duō zhān rě, nán pàn shě, yòu shì hánshí yě.
Qiūqiān xiàng mò, rén jìng jiǎo yuèchū xié, jìn líhuā.
Li Qingzhao Complain/King/grandson
Building/upper/distant/letter/who/pass on? Regret/continuous/uninterrupted.
Many/feelings/oneself/are/in excess/moisten/vex, difficult/disregard/give-up, again/is/Cold Food Festival/here.
Garden swing/lane/empty, people/calm/bright/moon/beginning of month/immerse/pear/flower.
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