The Tale of Lady Zai QianThe Tale of Lady Zai Qian5 years ago in Scraps More Like This
Upon the shoulder of Mount Huo-kou are
gathered the armies of the Dragon Queen.
Below, in shadow, the warriors of
the Tyrant Priest-King gaze up in terror.
Xuan Wu, shield-bearer, the dark Snake-Tortoise,
from the North came she, holds forth to Qian:
"For thee, Zai Qian, steadfast be my shield
and fierce be my lash upon those who wield
for that usurper their devoted flame
Retribution for stolen sight I claim!"
Next in turn, softly, speaketh now the East's
serene Dragon-Deer, Sei Ru lamenting:
"Lo, the spirits of my children cry out:
'Deliver the unjust, with fire put to rout
he, who hath virtue lost and outrage wrought.'
For them, Zai Qian, I plead: falter not!"
Now sound the war-drums; forth the Scarlet Bird:
Que Zu of the South. And thus she declaims:
"From our nights' mourning, from our days of grief,
from misery borne by all without surcease,
our deliverance, Zai Qian. Rise now,
southern brethren, fulf