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PEACH BLOSSOM FISH #1

Tune pattern: Lin jiang xian

 

Remember the path along the Wuling river:

The spring wind, the peach blossoms,

         the unlimited growth of roots and buds.

 

Let humans adorn themselves as they please

I want to be a butterfly under the waves,

Carried by no current but my wishes.

 

Yet how I love its body like a bubble's shadow:

One may trace its outlines but grasp nothing.

And like a parasol it may try to hold fallen flowers,

But its silken body sheds like tears

And falls with mist across the gravel bar.