Li Qingzhao - Year after year, a little drunk
Type of Spiritual Experience
Drunk = spiritually intoxicated
A description of the experience
Year after year, a little drunk
out in snow, we tucked white blossoms into our hair,
plum blossoms. And later we ravaged them, thoughts far from pure,
so many petals drenching our robes in crystalline tears.
This year, beside a distant sea at the edge of heaven
in wind-scoured silence, the white streaks my old hair.
It’s late, I know, and the wind is fierce:
there won’t be a plum blossom in sight.