Poems of Bai Juyi
Asking after Liu Ke
Green ants and heady, new wine.
River mud and a small stove for heat.
I've come late and it looks like snow.
Don't we have time for a drink?
It is 816. Bai is in exile. He's obviously taking time off to visit Liu Ke, who must have a little hut down by the river. The only mystery here is the "green ants." The character yi3 (蚁) covers "ant-like things" such as, well, ants. And termites. So what's green and looks like an ant? Or is this some kind of Sichuan delicacy? I have no idea.