· Farewell to a Friend
Three years have passed since we left the capital;
We’ve trodden all the way from rise to fall.
Still I smile as on warm spring day.
In ancient well no waves are raised;
Upright, the autumn bamboo’s praised.
Melancholy, your lonely sail departs at night;
Only a pale cloud sees you off in pale moonlight.
You need no songstress to drink your sorrow away.
Life is like a journey;
I too am on my way.
The poet thinks life is like a journey.
“Riverside Daffodils · Farewell to a Friend” is a lyric by Su Shi, a writer of the Song Dynasty. The first piece of the poem is about reuniting with a friend after a long period of time, and appreciates the friend’s ancient state of mind and autumn bamboo style in the face of rough and tumultuous times; the second piece cuts to the chase, writing about parting with a friend on a moonlit night and expressing his transcendent thoughts on worldly affairs and life. The whole lyric changes the tone of the previous farewell poems, which are lingering and sentimental, sorrowful and sad or generous, and is innovative in its legalism, and sends wonderful reasoning beyond the boldness.