. Peach Blossom Dreaming Peach blossoms furnish inwrought dreaming room Intangible to fingertips corrupt; __Substantially beyond each tapered petal’s plume Flow fragrances to subtly interrupt The wintry retrospectives of my gloom. On water shields and Long Jing tea we supped, But now beneath peach buds you prate of wine __Poured out from mountains of the moon in honey-cupped Receptacles transporting us to dine Carefree on duck and frothy syllabub. Spring nights a thousand golden coins outshine, Sunsets astound, pagoda bells resound __While flowerets wink within a willow veil design; The dawn upon your causeway’s vantage ground Amazes me as light and lake combine. Far-sighted friend who formed West Lake and found The moon a single pearl dropped in your ring, __You gave the city only this enclosure crowned With moisture strengthening and sweetening The coral trees where births of verse abound. To freezing Hangzhou I came foraging For flowers edible from poets whom __I couldn’t read or meet, but whispers freshening The air relayed how times of brandied bloom Seek out the one who rhymes peach blossom spring. . . Poet's Note The poem contains a stream of allusions to poets first encountered on a visit to Hangzhou in the dead of winter: Li Bai (701–762) in the second stanza, Su Shi (1037–1101) in the third, and Bai Juyi (772–846) in the fourth. Su Shi and Bai Juyi were governors of Hangzhou. Both built causeways on the West Lake, a renowned scenic spot enhanced as a reservoir by Bai Juyi. “Peach Blossom Spring” is a tale of finding a happy land where time has stopped, but not being able to return. The form of the poem, with a longer line in the center of each of the five stanzas, reflects the shape of a peach blossom’s delicately pointed petals. . . Margaret Coats lives in California. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. She has retired from a career of teaching literature, languages, and writing that included considerable work in homeschooling for her own family and others.