"Needle and Thread"
by Pan Zhao, A. D. 48-117
Tempered, annealed, the hard essence of autumn metals
Finely forged, subtle, yet perdurable and straight,
By nature penetrating deep yet advancing by inches
To span all things yet stitch them up together,
Only needle-and-thread's delicate footsteps
Are truly broad-ranging yet without beginning!
"Withdrawing elegantly" to mend a loose thread,
and restore to white silk a lamb's-down purity . . .
How can those who count pennies calculate their worth?
They may carve monuments yet lack all understanding.