Monday, 2 June 2014

A Heavenly Woman's Imprisoned in the Palace (Buddhist Dancers) - Li Yu

A heavenly woman's imprisoned in the palace at Penglai Hill,
All are silent as she sleeps by day in the painted hall.
Her glossy hair is spread like cloud on the pillow,
Her embroidered clothes bear a wondrous fragrance.
I secretly come and slide the pearl lock back,
She's startled from her dream behind the silver screen.
Her smiling face is overflowing with bliss,
We gaze at each other with unbounded love.

Li Yu (937 – 978), China
To see the poem in Chinese, go here

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