WAYs – Li Po’s Jade Stairs Lament

Jade-Staircase Grievance

Night long on the jade staircase, white
dew appears, soaks through gauze stockings.
She lets down crystalline blinds, gazes out
through jewel lacework at the autumn moon.

David Hinton

Grievance at the jade Stairs

The jade steps are whitening with dew.
My gauze stockings are soaked. It’s so late.
I let down the crystal blind
and watch the glass clear autumn moon.

Tony Barnstone

Marble Stair Gteivance

On Marble Stairs
Still grows the white dew
That has all night
Soaked her silk slippers
But she lets down
Her crystal blind now
And sees through glaze
The moon of autumn.

Arthur Cooper

Resentment Near the Jade Stairs

Dew whitens the jade stairs.
This late, it soaks her gauze stockings.

She lowers her crystal blind to watch
the breaking, glass-clear moon of autumn..

Sam Hamill

The Jewel Stair’s Grievance

The jeweled steps are already quite white with dew,
It is so late the dew soaks my gauze stockings,
And I let down the crystal curtain
And watch the moon through the clear autumn.

Ezra Pound