At Ch’ang-men, the grass is green,
jade stairs shimmering under dew.
Mist softens the moonlight.
East winds drown a sorrowful flute.
The water clock marks time.
Outside, orioles greet the dawn.
I wake in the night
Grief-stricken, in tears,
exhausted, just exhausted.
My grip crushes my robe.
Once again, my mind settles over you
like dust settles over our scrolls.
translated by Sam Hamill