Poems of Meng Jiao
A Leisurely Reproach
(From a woman's point of view)
I hate this spotted bamboo.
It coils about the root of my resentment.
There are shoots, not yet emerging,
That bear the scars of my falling tears.
This poem is inspired by the same story as Sister-Queens' Lament. It is also the second time Meng Jiao has written in a woman's voice. It shows that his empathy and sympathy extend beyond his own experience and the mores of his time.