Poems of Xue Tao
Thanking Omissioner Li
Although just returned from traveling, you still seem far away.
In our district, your talents are spoken of everywhere.
Seeing you on the river's bank, after all your illnesses,
I see you freeing your wings, dancing in the clear sky.
It seems Xue Tao knows Omissioner Li well. But she is not close to him. He empathy and compassion lead her to say what will comfort him. This is a man who needs comfort. Omissioners were mid-level officials who oversaw imperial decrees, suggesting corrections and additions. They could influence imperial policy, if they were good at their job. Bai Juyi was an omissioner and was sometimes influential.