Watch a West Asian Foreigner Playing Flute
Author: Bai Li(AD701-AD762, Tang Dynasty)
Translator: Lei Fan 2016 in Chicago
There is a foreigner from west playing flute,
Majority of the melody is from his homeland.
In the daybreak of October here at Mount Wu,
Rhythm of ‘plum blossom’ spreads in pavilion Jin.
With sorrow I suddenly heard ‘a voyage abroad’,
The tassels of my hat are soaked by my tears.
I look back at the road leads to City Chang’an,
Missing my country and emperor in vain.