Partridge in the Sky
· On the Way to Dongyang
Facing the dust, I have to go a long, long way;
I feel the incense in the censer burned away.
Countless green hills around me undulate;
Nameless flowers all the more fascinate.
Men go their way and horses neigh.
Flags pass the small red bridge again.
Searching nostalgic lines with might and main.
I flip my singing whip till it breaks off its tips.
The poet describes the scenery on the way and his joyful mood.
“Partridge in the Sky · On the Way to Dongyang” is a song written by Xin Qiji, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. It is a refreshing and timeless piece of nostalgia for people in detention. The opening lines of the poem are about a journey of dust and incense, which implicitly brings out the meaning of longing. There are delicate flowers everywhere in the countless green hills, which is a reflection of the fact that the journey is full of lovesickness at all times. The concluding lines of the poem echo the main theme of wistfulness and portray an image of a lovesick man with strong emotions. The lyrics are not only gentle but also bold, with fluent but not weak writing, and lingering but not sad emotions.