to lie in bed with books around

Dearest ______,

Take out the hair pin/

see the reflection of the stream/

lie in bed with books around/

wake up to comb hair, half drunk.

– Yu Xuanji

I could never arrange words any better, spoken of  a life well- lived.  Yu Xuanji was a late female Chinese poet from the Tang Dynasty.  Little is known of her brief life (executed at 26 or 28 years of age, so they say), but the few works left of it were, and still are, considered some of the most interesting and strongest voices of Chinese (feminist) written word.

Love,

Karlita

PHOTOGRAPHY & TEXT BY AUTHOR UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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