During the end of the Tang Dynasty (618–907 A.D.)
populate the land with plum trees, foliate the skies
Once I was more than a woman, more than a gold hair-pin,
Once the soldiers followed the scents of my long braiding
They followed a peeling leader who trailed me the way
Surely you know that on this slope, aspens and spruce
honeysuckles hung with mesh, petunias draped
will go round and round a tree until they strangle themselves.