Poems of Xue Tao
For Honored Guest Liu's Gift of a Jade Hibiscus
Precious branches, clear luster, intricate carved mists,
You want to fondle it like a piece of bright, cold jade.
Idly brushing it, in its vermillion chamber, your gift seems
More like a bright piece of mountain broken off the moon.
The poems we have of Xue Tao seem to be just a random preservation of her work. If someone were to select seventy-six of almost five hundred poems to save from time's ravages, I doubt they would have preserved so many of these official thankyou notes. They reveal little of the poet, her life, and her times. Only her more personal poems seem to show her poetic and literary abilities.