To The Willow

The emerald dress is tailored for the tree

Ten thousand green fringes swaying with a trill

Don’t know who’s behind such nifty piece

In the master’s deft fingers, the spring breeze of February

must be like a good pair of scissors

~ Translated from He Zhizhang’s “An Ode to the Willow,” written in the Tang dynasty

碧玉妝成一樹高
萬條垂下綠絲縧
不知細葉誰裁出
二月春風似剪刀

~ 賀知章 (唐朝) <<詠柳>>