|宿||xiù, sù, xiǔ||lodge for the night / old / former; constellation; (a) night|
|山||shān||mountain / hill|
|诗||shī||poem / poetry / verse|
|危||wēi||danger / to endanger|
|楼||lóu||house with more than 1 story / storied building / floor|
|高||gāo||high / tall|
|尺||chǐ||a Chinese foot (M) / one-third of a meter / a ruler / a note musical note on traditional Chinese scale|
|手||shǒu||hand / convenient|
|可||kě||can / may / able to / certain(ly) / to suit / (particle used for emphasis)|
|摘||zhāi||to borrow / to pick (flowers, fruit) / to pluck / to take / to select|
|星||xīng||star / satellite / small amount|
|晨||chén||morning / dawn / daybreak|
|不||bù, bú||(negative prefix) / not / no; (when directly preceding a tone 4) / not / no|
|高||gāo||high / tall|
|声||shēng||sound / voice / (a measure word, used for sounds) / tone / noise|
|语||yù, yǔ||dialect / language / speech; tell to|
|恐||kǒng||afraid / frightened / to fear|
|惊||jīng||to start / to be frightened / to be scared / alarm|
|天||tiān||day / sky / heaven|
|上||shàng||on / on top / upon / first (of two parts) / previous or last (week, etc.) / upper / higher / above / previous / to climb / to go into / above / to go up|
|人||rén||man / person / people|
A night's loding on the hillside is my poem.
There's danger in this high building, 100 feet up.
My hand can grasp a star in the morning.
But I dare not say it out loud,
Because I tremble with fear at the man above.
Night mountain poem
A perilous tower, a hundred feet tall—
a handy place to catch the stars come out.
I dare not make a noise
for fear of startling the celestial beings
Poetry is like a tall mansion,
able like a mountain to blot out the stars.
But man dares not speek it aloud
for fear he would ascend to the heavens.
On the mountain by an old grave,
the poetry of the stars sings of a hundred dangers to the tall house—
so high that my hand can reach out to pluck stars till morning
Loud noises wake us.
Frightened, we climb to the heavens.
A poem about an inn on a mountain [at night]
It is a frighteningly high 100 foot house,
high enough that from it you could reach out and pluck a star from the very dawn.
On it one dares not speak aloud,
for fear of alerting the heavens above.