The Sand by Wan Creek 1

Li, Qing-zhao (1081 A.D.-1154 A.D.?)

    With a smile, I draw open the curtain embroidered with lotus flowers. I lean toward a treasure duck 2 supporting my cheek. My shy glance immediately inspires hopeful curiosity.

    A face full of emotions possesses special charm. I express my most intimate feelings in a letter of yearning. When the moonlight moves shadows of blossoms, I invite you to come again.

1 This poem describes how Li feels in her boudoir.

2 "Treasure duck" refers to the shape of an incense burner.