SU Shi – Lyrics to the Melody of an Immortal Who Lived in a Cave
With skin like ice and bones like jade,
She perspires not looking cool and refreshed.
From the hall by the water waft breezes full of subtle scents.
Through the drawn embroidered curtains, the moon sneaks a look of her,
She hasn't retired for the night, askew are the her pillow and hairpins in her hair.
I rise to take her delicate hand, quiet is the courtyard and its environs,
A star or two the Milky Way cross between whiles.
How deep is the night, wonder I?
Approaching midnight is the time,
Moonlight pales as the northern stars low slide.
I count with my fingers when the season of westerlies would arrive,
Before I could become aware of it, lapsed has fleeting time.