孟郊（751 - 814）
UPON PASSING THE STATE EXAMINATION
Meng Jiao (751 - 814)
My humble past
isn't worth boasting in any way,
But I'm unrestrained
and full of inspiration today.
Riding high in the spring breeze,
off I go at full gallop,
To view all the flowers
of Chang'an1 in one day.
1 The capital in Tang Dynasty. It is now the city of Xi'an.
This poem was written immediately after the poet knew of his success in the State Examination and was filled with exaltation. He failed twice in the past.