Li Qingzhao


To the Tune of a Variation of Rinsing Silk Stream

	Thousands of light flakes of crushed gold
	   for its blossoms,
	And of trimmed jade for its layers of leaves.
	This flower has the air of scholar Yen Fu.
	How brilliant!
	Plums flowers are too common; 
	Lilacs, too coarse, when compared with it.
	Yet, its penetrating fragrance
	   drives away my fond dreams
	      of far away places.
	How merciless! Lucy Chow Ho