The blossoms are sparse 1 along the garden path. The luscious
green 2 extends all over the countryside. The trees cast their
shadows on the high platform 3. The spring wind
4 does not
know how to prevent the mist-like poplar flowers 5 from blowing on
pedestrians’ faces. Orioles hide in green leaves. Swallows are kept out by the
red curtain. The fragrance of the incense burner 6 quietly pursues
the swirling tendrils of smoke. When I awaken from sorrowful dreams and a
drunken state, the slanting sunshine 7 illuminates the far-reaching
yard with dense trees 8.
"The blossoms are sparse" means "Good men are few".
"Green leaves" refers to evil people.
"The high platform" refers to "the emperor's court".
"The spring wind" refers to the emperor.
"Poplar flowers" refers to flattery or slander.
"The incense burner" refers to the melancholy pent-up in one's mind.
"The slanting sunshine" refers to incompetence.
"The far-reaching yard with dense trees" refers to difficult and unsolved