Riding a Bamboo Horse

Hung Yi-nan /tr. by Karen Chung

Up on his stick horse he jumps for a ride

To visit the home of his future bride.

Father-in-law is not at home,

Mother is gardening and not at home,

Their little girl is all alone.

Fair skin, black hair, a flower on one side;

A way from his glance she tries to hide.

Mother returns and says to the lad,

"Hurry home, hurry home, and go find your dad;

Tell him to pick a lucky day For you to take your bride away."

Shantung Province


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