Wang Wei: Lotus Flower Shallows


Lotus Flower Shallows



莲 花 坞
日 日 采 莲 去
洲 长 多 暮 归。
弄 篙 莫 溅 水
畏 湿 红 莲 衣。
Lian Hua Wu

Ri ri cai lian qu
Zhou chang duo mu gui.
Nong gao mo jian shui
Wei shi hong lian yi.


Lotus Flower Shallows

Gone out every day long picking lotus
Return at sunset along several long islets.
Fumble about with the punt pole, not enough water even for lotus
Afraid for the pink lotus leaves’ lack of moisture.

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