Butterflies in Love with Flowers
I lean alone on balcony in light, light breeze;
As far as the eye sees,
On the horizon dark parting grief grows unseen.
In fading sunlight rises smoke over grass green.
Who understands why mutely on the rails I lean?
I’d drown in wine my paging grief;
Chanting before the cup, strained mirth brings no relief.
I find my gown too large, but I will not regret;
It’s worth while growing languid for my coquette.
The poet feels no regret to have grown thinner for his coquette.
“Butterflies in Love with Flowers” is a lyric by the Song Dynasty lyricist Liu Yong. The upper part of the lyric is about the endless sorrow of separation caused by climbing up high and looking far away, and the miserable atmosphere is rendered by the description of the misty scenery; the lower part of the lyric is about the hero’s determination to drink and sing for the sake of relieving the sorrow of separation, but he feels tasteless after forcing himself to be happy, and finally he writes about his tender feelings with a strong brush, vowing to be willing to lose weight and pine for the sake of missing his lover. The whole lyric skillfully blends the desperate feelings of wandering in a foreign land with the lingering thoughts of loving his beloved, expressing the hero’s resolute character and persistent attitude, and successfully portraying the image of a man of sincerity.