A Jasmine Revelation

Chinese dance A Jasmine Flower based on a Chinese folk song

Jasmine, oh so fair!
Jasmine, oh so fair!
Budding and blooming in summer
Here and there,
The value of its purity and fragrance
That universally declare.

Then Autumn comes
With a cold spell,
Flowers fall in the mud,
No one seems to care;
Rumours of its toxic nature
Widely spread.
It’s so unfair,
oh so unfair!

An insect under a jasmine flower – ink painting by the great Chinese painter Qi Baishi (1864 – 16 September 1957)

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