Observing Plum Blossoms at the Temple of Local Deities in Bo City

Chao, Bu-zhi (1053 A.D.-1110 A.D.)

    When the plum tree blooms, it looks as if it is snowing. After it loses its petals, the ground seems to be covered with snow. Plum blossoms are the unmatched queen among flowers. Its fragrance is not in either the pistil or the calyx. It is deep in its veins. The plum blossoms claim the wind from the creek and urge the moon to stay. Even though the peach flowers are red like blood, they are not as lovely as plum blossoms. The plum blossoms are not only straightforward and rich in spirit, but also simple and independent. Consequently, they possess special charm.