„Ten thousand branches of tall trees begin to sprout,
They droop like fringes of a robe made of green jade.
But do you know by whom these young leaves are cut out?
The early spring wind is as sharp as scissor blade.“
— He Zhizhang Chinese writer 659 - 744
"Willow Trees" (《咏柳》), in 150 Tang Poems, trans. Xu Yuan-zhong