Meifeng bi: Playing Chess with Yaqing on a Spring Day
In the deepest courtyard, on a quiet spring day,
The gold animal（1） puffs “small seal” incense.
With each fresh cup of tea, a new chess game begins.
In the season of apricot rains the air is sweet.
My parrot’s chatter has just become fluent when,
Suddenly, he jumps down to the ground.
Distracted, I turn to look, and
To my dismay, needlessly forfeit a jade scratcher!
Leaning on the screen, laughing, we twist off a flowering branch to breathe its scent.（2）
（1）. The “gold animal” is a metal incense burner.
（2）. A head scratcher carved from jadeite, bone, ivory, or wood was a personal accessory in earlier China. The speaker has wagered her scratcher, sure of winning, but when she looks away she loses her concentration, the game, and the scratcher.
（Maureen Robertson 译）