Poem: The Pavilion of Music

Short and sweet, this poem conveys the memory of a concert in the image of the flowers, which "seem to still listen." In this translation, there is also the lovely alliteration of lilacs, lutes and listen.

The Pavilion of Music, by Chang Wou Kien, translator unknown. From the collection "Music's Spell", edited by Emily Fragos. Published by Alfred Knopf.

The musicians have gone.
The lilacs which they placed
in the vases of jade
bend toward the lutes
and seem to still listen.

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