Unsatisfied with my maiden attempt at translating a Tang Poem (Mountain Trail by Du Mu 803-852), I decided to try another, A Traveller’s Song by Meng Jiao (751-814):
Threads from a loving mother’s hands
Become clothes for a travelling son;
Close, fine stitches before he leaves,
So his return may not be delayed.
Will any tiny blade of grass
Ever repay the sunshine of spring?