I lie supine by riverside,
And croon while gazing on fields wide.
With running water I won’t vie;
My mind floats with the cloud on high.
Spring will soon be late in the gloom.
Why should flowers vie in full bloom?
The war is raging in the east.
Can I not frown with mind unreleased?
“Riverside Pavilion” is a poem in five lines written by Du Fu, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The poem describes how the poet feels when he is sitting alone in a small pavilion by the river. The first four lines show that the poet is sitting in the river pavilion with his stomach open and calm, with no intention of competing with the flowing water; his mood is leisurely, as relaxed and leisurely as the white clouds, but his state of mind is not that leisurely and comfortable. In the fifth and sixth lines, the poet’s loneliness and sadness are revealed through the selfishness of spring things. The last two lines are straightforward, and it is difficult to dispel the worries of the family and the country. This poem is apparently leisurely and comfortable, but in reality it is a piece of anxiety and bitterness. The poem is a mixture of emotion and reason, and is full of interest.