The Tower of the High Sun (Following the rhyming pattern of
"To My Friends in Yue City 1" by Mi Zhou)
The snow lingers in the yard’s shade. It is somewhat cold in the shadow of
the bamboo curtain. The reeds shaped like jade flutes grow abundantly. Seeing
the sign with golden words posted on a door, I wonder whose house Spring
has visited. In front of the window, my night long hope to see you is realized
in my dreams. In fact, we are separated by rivers and blocked by mountains. The
trees are filled with delicate fragrance. The shadows of branches spread
chaotically under the moonlight. This scene turns my yearning into sorrow.
The area south of the Yangtze River is beautiful. Naturally, it is bitter to
part from friends in this area. In addition, horses gallop on the ancient road
and returning wild geese land on the flat sand. How can I obtain your silver
letter that earnestly tells me about your best years 3 ? Now fragrant
grass grows everywhere. Even if I climb high, I cannot see beyond the horizon.
Furthermore, the east wind has arrived several times and the flying flowers have
fallen for several seasons.
Yue City was located in present day Shao-xing City in Zhejiang Province.
2 "Spring" refers to any happy event such as a wedding, a birthday, passing
the Advanced Exam, etc.
This sentence says that I would like to hear your news.