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    Li Qingzhao - Autumn Love


    by poetictouch

    Li Qingzhao - Autumn Love - Read by Victoria Gordon

    Autumn Love
    by Li Qingzhao (1084-1155)

    Search. Search. Seek. Seek.
    Cold. Cold. Clear. Clear.
    Sorrow. Sorrow. Pain. Pain.
    Hot flashes. Sudden chills.
    Stabbing pains. Slow agonies.
    I can find no peace.
    I drink two cups, then three bowls,
    Of clear wine until I can't
    Stand up against a gust of wind.
    Wild geese fly over head.
    They wrench my heart.
    They were our friends in the old days.
    Gold chrysanthemums litter
    The ground, pile up, faded, dead.
    This season I could not bear
    To pick them. All alone,
    Motionless at my window,
    I watch the gathering shadows.
    Fine rain sifts through the wu-t'ung trees,
    And drips, drop by drop, through the dusk.
    What can I ever do now?
    How can I drive off this word —

    - Translated by Kenneth Rexroth