Li Qingzhao - Thin mist and thick cloud
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Thin mist and thick cloud, a sorrow lingering on all day,
incense buffeted from a golden animal . . .
It was the 9/9 celebration again today.
Inside gauze bed-curtains: jade pillows
and a chill starting to drift in after midnight.
Skies yellow at sunset, I sipped wine at my eastern fence,
and a dark fragrance filled my sleeves.
Don’t say it wouldn’t buffet a spirit away:
opening blinds to the west wind,
I was the frailest of yellow blossoms.