A poem about heron， for Shaofu Song entering Three Gorges
Author: Bai Li(AD701-AD762, Tang Dynasty)
Translator: Lei Fan 2017 in Chicago
White herons stand with one leg curled up.
Afraid of icy water under the bright moon.
They fly away, startled by people passing by,
Going straight toward Shaol Shijun, without a stop.
[NOTE] Shaofu: an official’s title in ancient China. The rank has different responsibilities in different dynasties. In Tang Dynasty, officials of this rank is typically in charge of artisan, craftsman, and related manufacturing and engineering activities.
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