I met a brilliant scholar once

Chen Yuping (b. 1947), Yulan Flower, detail

I met a brilliant scholar once
learned and shrewd without peer
his examination fame echoed through the realm
his regulated verse surpassed that of others
his judgments excelled all those of the past
how could he follow in someone else’s dust
now rich and honored he chases wealth and beauty
what can you say about broken tiles or melted ice

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