Poems of Meng Jiao
For the Emissary of Suzhou's Minister Wei
We thank our guest by means of this poem.
Frost falls away for all the world to hear.
Cherishing culture with a tender spirit --
All of nature moves to this pulse.
Beautiful trees rely upon their nature
And never a twisted branch bear.
Dust covered Xu's towering words.
Riches destroyed Cao's great fame.
My words may wait upon your corrections but
Our countries are already fresh and bright.
Duckweed flourishes upon their waves.
Wild rice blossoms upon their ponds.
Once our poems were happily chanted.
Now we must grasp their blossoms.
Only consider their fragile quality and
You will want this, our coming together.
Unlike the last poem, which seemed personal, this poem of Meng Jiao seems official. As if he were requested by his superiors to write a poem worthy of being sent back to Minister Wei as part of a diplomatic mission. Xu and Cao were small kingdoms during the Warring States period.