Early Spring by Bai Yu Chan (translation)

It is spring here and the early flowers are first on the north but this poem was written in China by Bai Yu Chan (1194 – 1229) during the Song Dynasty so it reads upside down.


Early Spring by Bai Yu Chan

Two or three flowers are open on a southerly stem

Singing scent and dusting with powder in the snow

Lightly veiled by vapours steeped in deep moonlight

Embossed on the water and sprinkled on the sand


(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017




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