Li Qingzhao: Dropped Feet to Stop the Swing: (Adorned Red Lips)

Dropped Feet to Stop the Swing: (Adorned Red Lips)

点 绛 唇
蹴 罢 秋 千
起 来 慵 整 纤 纤 手。
露 浓 花 瘦
薄 汗 轻 衣 透。
见 客 人 来
袜 刬 金 钗 溜。
和 羞 走,倚 门 回 首
却 把 青 梅 嗅。
Dian Jiang Chun

Cu ba qiu qian
Qi lai yong zheng qian qian shou.
Lu nong hua shou
Bo han qing yi tou.

Jian ke ren lai
Wa chan jin chai liu.
He xiu zou, yi men hui shou
Que ba qing mei xiu.

 

Dropped Feet to Stop the Swing: (Adorned Red Lips)

Dropped feet to stop the swing
Arise, relaxed with a rope in tiny hands.
Heavy dew on a few blossoms
Light perspiration penetrates her soft clothes.

Seeing a visitor arrive
Socks and hairpins out of reach.
Gentle and shyly she moves, leaning against the door,
head turned
Pretending to hold and smell the green plum tree aromas.

 

Notes:

[This poem was written when Li Qinzhao was around fourteen or fifteen years old.]

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