Nian Nu Jiao (Poem of Red Cliffs)
By Poet Mr. Su Shi / Su Dong Po (Song Dynasty)
Oh Great River to the east she flowed.
Her billows cleansed and washed off
Thousands generations and romantic figures.
The ancient ramparts set upon her west bank,
Claimed the monument of Red Cliffs,
Were once built by Zhou Yu of Three Kingdoms.
Massive stony peaks pierced into the sky,
Quaking waves splashing upon her shore,
Spilled thousand piles of snow.
River and mountains as a painted landscape,
Within it, how many heroes were once lived!
I try to imagine the time of Zhou Yu,
When Ms. Xiao Qiao just married him,
How handsome and prestigious he was!
But in between the feather fan and silk ribbon,
Through the laughter and leisured chat,
All mighty foes were swept away
And dispersed like dust and smoke.
The old kingdoms in its spirit I journeyed,
Thru my infatuation, that only grew me gray hair.
Life as dream! I shall toast a libation
To the river and her moon.
‘the feather fan and silk ribbon, Through the laughter and leisured chat’ – indicates Mr. Zhuge Liang, Liu Bei’s advisor. (more info. Search Wikipedia.org)