Nope, I don't know any of the ancient Chinese myths. But after reading your little drabble, I'm quite motivated to go look them up now! Anyways, I'm loving the poem. It's so peaceful and insipid on the surface, but teeming with hidden metaphors underneath. It'll take me a while to decipher some of them, but it'll be completely worth it :)
Author's Response: Thank you, Kristy! I'll give you some to go after, if you should decide to look them up~ "Passion of the Cut-Sleeve" is a famous myth about Emperor Ai and his lover Dong Xian (because of this, male homosexuality is often referred to as 'cut-sleeve'); another myth, called "The Half-Eaten Peach", is the story of Duke Ling and Mizi Xia; the soldier element is taken from Zhang and Zhong; and the tree reference at the end is about Pan Zhang and Wang Zhongxian - can't remember the story behind the jade reference, though ~.^'