Her moist jade skin is covered with light chiffon; a pink cherry
is hidden behind a fan; her embroidered necklace still smells lightly of
cosmetics. The heart of the pomegranate folds red dancing skirts in vain. The
moxa wreath 2 should expel the chaos of her sorrowful hair bun.
noon she dreams that she crosses a thousand mountains to visit her love. The
time, like an arrow, flies past her window. The fragrant marks on her wrist left
by red threads have just faded 3. She and her love are separated by the Yangtze River.
The wind and grass leaves sound of autumn sorrow during this rainy night.
1 "Pink cherry" refers to a beauty's painted mouth.
During the Duan-wu Festival, the fifth day of the fifth month in the
Chinese calendar, people glued moxa leaves into the shape of a tiger and wore
the moxa-tiger on their head as a wreath. It was said that the moxa-tiger could
expel evil spirits.
In olden times, during the Duan-wu Festival a woman would tie her arm with
colorful threads to expel evil spirits. The threads were called the threads of
longevity or the threads of chastity.