Poems of Meng Jiao
For Li Guan
(As he first passes his tests)
Who said body and shadow are inseparable?
Douse the lamp and the shadow goes away.
Who said fish enjoy the water?
Dry up the water and the fish shrivel away.
The ancients all hated the stranger.
Now we only laugh at men.
I leave off writing poems
To float up into cliffs of cloud.
Fallen trees will quickly rot.
Discarded flowers don't see another spring.
How can I write of a fragrant landscape
While sadly gazing at this desolate dawn?
Who knows the spirit of a buried sword?
In its box, my qin gathers dust.
I want to speak of your noble character.
No one answers but the sky.
I'm guessing this poem is miscollated in the scrolls. Li Guan was probably one of the people Meng Jiao shared winter hovels with as they struggle to pass the imperial exams. Now Li Guan has passed his and Meng Jiao hasn't and the two are parting ways.