English poetry

Poems in English

Tz’u No. 11

To the tune of “Lamentation” It was far into the night when, intoxicated, I took off my ornaments; The plum […]

Tz’u No. 7

To the tune of “Rinsing Silk Stream” Let not the deep cup be filled With rich, amber-colored wine; My mind […]

Tz’u No. 13

To the tune of “Song of Peace” Year by year, in the snow, I have often gathered plum flowers, Intoxicated […]

Tz’u No. 5

To the tune of “Like a Dream” I always remember the sunset Over the pavilion by the river, So tipsy […]

A Song of Departure

Warm rain and soft breeze by turns Have just broken And driven away the chill. Moist as the pussy willows, […]

Autumn Love

Search. Search. Seek. Seek. Cold. Cold. Clear. Clear. Sorrow. Sorrow. Pain. Pain. Hot flashes. Sudden chills. Stabbing pains. Slow agonies. […]

Tz’u No. 15

To the tune of “Rinsing Silk Stream” Thousands of light flakes of crushed gold For its blossoms, Trimmed jade for […]

Tz’u No. 12

To the tune of “Happy Event Is Nigh” The wind ceases; fallen flowers pile high. Outside my screen, petals collect […]

Tz’u No. 17 (He Is Gone)

To the tune of “Wu Ling Spring” Wind ceased, the dust is scented With the fallen flowers. Though day is […]

Last Night

Last Night Thin Rain, Gusty Wind. Dense Sleep Doesn’t Fade A wine Hangover. I’m talking To her Who Rolled up […]

Tz’u No. 9 (Weary)

To the tune of “Rinsing Silk Stream” Saddened by the dying spring, I am too weary To rearrange my hair. […]

Tz’u No. 3

To the tune “Red Lips” Tired of swinging Indolent I rise with a slender hand Put right My hair The […]

Sorrow of Departure

Red lotus incense fades on The jeweled curtain. Autumn Comes again. Gently I open My silk dress and float alone […]

To the Tune of

The fragrance of the pink lotus Fails, the jade mat hints of autumn. Softly I unfasten my silk cloak, Who […]

To Lord Hu

We shall not ask for the precious pearl of the Duke of Sui, Nor for the priceless jade disk of […]

Tz’u No. 1

To the tune “Courtyard Filled with Fragrance” Fragrant grass beside the pond Green shade over the hall A clear cold […]

Tz’u No. 4

To the tune of “Like a Dream” Last night a sprinkling of rain, A violent wind. After a deep sleep, […]

The Sun Sets in Molten Gold

The sun sets in molten gold. The evening clouds form a jade disk. Where is he? Dense white mist envelops […]

Tz’u No. 16 (Bajiao)

Who planted the Bajiao tree under my windows? Its shade fills the courtyard; Its shade fills the courtyard… Leaf to […]

Tz’u No. 10 (Exile)

To the tune of “Bodhisattva Aliens” Soft breezes, mild sunshine, Spring is still young. The sudden change of the light […]

A Morning Dream

This morning I dreamed I followed Widely spaced bells, ringing in the wind, And climbed through mists to rosy clouds. […]

As in a Dream

To the melody of “Ru Meng Lin” Last night in the light rain as rough winds blew, My drunken sleep […]

Our Boat Starts At Night

Our boat starts at night From the beach of Yen Kuang. Great ships sail only for profit Only small boats […]

Tz’u No. 8

To the tune of “Rinsing Silk Stream” My courtyard is small, windows idle, Spring is getting old. Screens unrolled cast […]

Tz’u No. 18

To the tune of “Intoxicated in the Shadow of Flowers” Thin mist, dense clouds, a grief-stricken day; Auspicious incense burns […]

Tz’u No. 2 (Wine Joy)

To the tune “As in a Dream” I have long remembered The pavilion On the stream The falling sun So […]


To the melody of “Sheng Sheng Man” I pine and peak And questless seek Groping and moping to linger and […]

When Night Comes

To the tune of “Telling My Most Intimate Feelings” When night comes, I am so flushed with wine, I undo […]

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