Poems of Bao Junhui
- 东亭茶宴 - East Pavillion Tea Gathering
- 奉和麟德殿宴百僚应制 - For a Harmonious Unicorn Virtue Banquet of One Hundred Colleagues, by Imperial Order
- 惜花吟 - Tender Blossom Song
- 关山月 - Mountain Gate Moon
Bao Junhui lived in China during the Tang dynasty in the reign of Emperor Dezong (780-805). Her poetry was recognized to the extent that she was called to the imperial court to serve as a poet. What little is known about her comes from this memorial she presented to the emperor:
“Your servant is a widow from a thatched hut who has nevertheless received Your Majesty’s ample grace, an honor that is more than I deserve. My only concern is that I am an only child and my father has passed away. In our courtyard, there is no chicken or millet for meals, yet I have a white-haired mother to provide for. Now, I am fortunate to be living at a time when a sage ruler has called on me to write poetry. I have been in the palace over one hundred days and during that time, in order to bring joy to Your Majesty, I have entertained you with my writing. I have also used my writing brush to exchange poems with your ministers. The only thing is, how can I be so neglectful a child as to leave my old mother by herself, uncared for? Whenever I think of this, I am in anguish. I pray Your Majesty will open your gracious heart and heed your servant’s short letter, granting me permission to leave so that I may offer my mother the food of sweetness and nourishment. Thus, if my mother were to live only one day longer, it would be one day that your benevolence has bestowed upon her.”
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Poems translated 7-13 Oct 2015.