The shower ended
Under the catalpa tree
Soft rain continued
Streaming off broad heart-shaped leaves
Mixed with falling white flowers
Our moment in time
Displaced as under tree rain
Confuses my dreams
As through the open window
I smell the roses dying
The fragrance fades first
Long before the petals fall
The scent once guided
Me unerringly to you
Now gone leaving empty night
The digital clock
Pretends time is uniform
Maintains its forced march
But the flowers and I know
Hours are stretched by regret
Tune: “Complaint Against a Prince”
By Li Qingzhao
The clepsydra① has stopped dripping;
My dream is broken.
Heavy drinking last night
Intensifies my sorrow.
A chill falls on my jewelled pillow
As the kingfisher screen
Faces a new dawn.
Who swept away the fallen petals outside my door?
Was it the wind that blew the whole night through?
Echoes of a jade flute die away,
The player gone nobody knows where.②
Spring, too, will soon be fled,
Yet he has the heart not to keep
His date to return.
I ask the God of Spring
Through the drifting clouds,
What I should do with this longing, this regret,
This moment of time.
① A water clock or clepsydra (Greek κλεψύδρα from κλέπτειν kleptein, ‘to steal’; ὕδωρ hydor, ‘water’)
②Legend has it that the daughter of Duke Mu of the State of Qin (c. 7th century B.C.) married Xiao Shi, a gifted flute player. The couple lived happily in a jade tower, and one day riding a phoenix they flew away together to the Land of Immortals.
yuàn wáng sūn Lǐ Qīngzhào
mèng duàn ， lòu qiǎo ， chóu nóng ， jiǔ nǎo 。
bǎo zhěn shēng hán ， cuì píng xiàng xiǎo 。
mén wài shuí sǎo cán hóng ？
yè lái fēng 。
yù xiāo shēng duàn rén hé chǔ ？
chūn yòu qù ， rěn bǎ guī qī fù 。
cǐ qíng cǐ hèn cǐ jì ， nǐ tuō xíng yún ， wèn dōng jūn 。
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