Immortals at the Magpie Bridge
I moor my boat and then I croon
Beneath the high pavilion alone.
I stretch my eyes
To see for miles and miles clouds rise.
The hasty rain sweeps from the hills
Across the rills.
At dusk the crows perch on top of the trees;
From the horizon come the wild geese.
They bring the fresh autumnal air;
My children are fond of the fresh cool here and there.
They do not see the rise again of the west breeze.
The poet describes his solitude in this poem.
“Immortals at the Magpie Bridge” is a lyric by Wu Qian of the Southern Song Dynasty. It begins with three lines of narrative and ends with the scene after the rain, expressing the despondent mood of the eunuchs.