Magazine article Chinese Literature Today

Chrysanthemum Lanterns Float By

Magazine article Chinese Literature Today

Chrysanthemum Lanterns Float By

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Chrysanthemums float by one by one

in the night in the surrounding stillness

Among layered voices of children on the riverbank

chrysanthemums fade fade into bird shadows

Children float by carrying lanterns

In their soft chorus of song

there is no fear no joy no sorrow

There are only chrysanthemum lanterns the paleness of chrysanthemums

the redness of lanterns

A young maiden also floats by carrying a lantern

A young maiden and her servant

both have their hair twisted in buns

Their magnificent outfits are just

silk streamers and clasps

are just pendants earrings and hairpins

clinking and clanking as they walk along

The young maiden and her nursemaid

are both rich in experience

They're both leisurely seeking

to face the moon at midnight

Maidens are gentle lanterns are gentle

They're floating . …

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