snowynight posting in poetree
Li Shang Yin (813-858) 's advance in career was cut short because he was too honest and independent-minded to survive in the political struggle at the time. His poems were sensuous, dense and allusive, full of imaginative imagery. He was especially famous for his series of Untitled poems. Here's one of them:
|Last night's bright stars; last night's breeze; |
West of the painted tower, east of bay tree hall;
No phoenix wings on my body, to fly away with you;
But our thoughts link by the rhinestone's magic.
Across tables we "passed the hook" with spring wines warm;
Our teams played "guess what" under candle lamps bright.
Pity I have to hear the dawn drum calling me to duty;
And ride between lofty offices like a detached reed