Seeing Secretary Chao Back to Japan
The sea is far and wide.
Who knows the other side?
How far is it away?
A thousand miles, you say.
Look at the sun, O please!
Your sail should trust the breeze.
Turtles bear the dark sky;
Giant fish raise waves high.
When you are in your isle,
There’re trees from mile to mile.
Though we’re separated for long,
Would you send me your song?
The poet imagines how his Japanese friend would cross the sea and go to his homeland.
The poem “Seeing Secretary Chao Back to Japan” is a poem by Wang Wei, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The poem expresses the poet’s deep friendship with Chao Heng, a Japanese who had stayed in Kyushu for thirty-seven years. The poet first paints a picture of the long journey, the scenery of the return journey, and the scenes after the return home, showing the author’s concern for the safety of his friend Chao Heng’s return boat; finally, he wishes his friend a smooth journey, but laments that it is difficult to communicate with him after the farewell, revealing the poet’s sincere feelings of reluctance to leave. The whole poem is full of glowing colors, and the scenes are blended.