Sunday, October 8, 2023

Untitled lyric attributed to Tzu Yeh

Bright moon
lights up the cinnamon

And colors opening flowers
in shades of amber
like a gold brocade.

I think of
should I not?

—As, lonely
on my loom,
I weave.

Source of the text - A Gold Orchid: The Love Poems of Tzu Yeh, translated from the Chinese by Lenore Mayhew and William McNaughton.  Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1972, page 49.

TJB: In this moonage daydream, implied-narrative lyric, the speaker works a loom (poem?), sees moonlit woods and thinks, inevitably, of a beloved.

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