黄 峨 （1498-1569）
To My Husband in Banishment*
Huang E (1498-1569)
(Frank) Huang Xinqu
The swans have never flied across the border line,
How can my mail of deep love reach your hand?
Three springs your ill-fated wife has to be left alone,
For six years you are in exile, heart-broken.
Each time you say you are back home soon,
Here the year has come to an end again.
Now and then there are fine drizzles,
I hate to see the rising of morning sun.
Since we had a sacred pledge then,
To meet in this cassia garden once again.
When can you come back from banishment?
How I long for that day of our reunion!
Her husband Yang Sheng was banished to Yunnan province
for his criticism of the Emperor. She had to stay at home
alone in the cassia garden. So she wrote this poem to voice
her deep sorrow.
Revised : June 30，2013
Revised : 2013.7.2