Wednesday, March 23, 2016

lament for the peony flowers

lament for the peony flowers

I grieve for the red peony by the steps
as evening nears just two blossomed stems remain

tomorrow morning’s wind will rise & finish them
rueful tonight in flame’s glow I watch red blossoms fade

Jack Hayes
© 2016
based on Bai Juyi:
xī mŭ dān huā

Image links to its source on Wiki Commons:
Tree Peony: Zhao Chang – Song Dynasty.
Public domain

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