STAYING AT THE GENERAL'S HEADQUARTERS
The autumn night is clear and cold in the lakka-trees of this courtyard.
I am lying forlorn in the river-town. I watch my guttering candle.
I hear the lonely notes of a bugle sounding through the dark.
The moon is in mid-heaven， but there's no one to share it with me.
My messengers are scattered by whirls of rain and sand.
City-gates are closed to a traveller； mountains are walls in my way ——
Yet， I who have borne ten years of pitiable existence，
Find here a perch， a little branch， and am safe for this one night.