Poems of Xue Tao
Unpleasant Peace after Meeting with a High Minister
Startled to see Heaven and Earth a white desolation,
I glimpsed blue mountains, ancient in the sunset.
I used to think great power could illuminate us
But true life and livelihood come from borrowed light.
Xue Tao's later life, after taking Daoist orders, comes to us with few details. And no one becomes a Daoist overnight. This poem is probably from her time with Wei Gao. Another poem suggests the mountains are visible from his home. There is a power in this poem which makes the great minister anonymous.