For the Cui Brothers at Luo’s Pavilion
In the bamboo grove by the clean poolside I stay;
Separated from you by towns, I miss you far away.
The autumn gloom undispersed and late frost remain;
Only the withered lotus listen to the rain.
Passing one rainy night at Luo’s Pavilion, the poet thought of the Cui brothers far away and wrote this quatrain which describes his gloomy mood rather than autumn gloom.
The poem “For the Cui Brothers at Luo’s Pavilion” is a work by Li Shangyin, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. This poem expresses his longing for his friend, and also his own feelings of loneliness. The poem is very simple and concise, using such ordinary scenery as bamboo dock, pavilion threshold, flowing water, and withered lotus to outline a clear and subtle mood, and to implicitly convey the author’s sympathy for Cui Yong and Cui Gon’s sorrow for the loss of their father and the poet’s own feeling of loneliness.