This is a lament of the last Emperor of the Tang Dynasty, Li Yu (937/938 – 978) written while in exile and confined. It is written in Tang Dynasty style though chronologically belongs to the Song Dynasty.
The ironic title of “Happy Together” refers to the song that gives form to the structure of this poem and not its substance. 36 Chinese characters in two stanzas of three and four lines with rules for rhymes and intonations.
Happy Together by Li Yu
Silently and alone I climbed the tower west
The moon is hanging as a hook
A lonely tree cloistered deep in autumn
Cutting can not sever it
Restraint yet chaotic is
The sorrow of parting
Not an ordinary feeling
(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017