The Course of Nature
(With a Preface)
The Course of Nature is written when I am on an outing in late spring. In my newly-made spring clothes, I wander lonely across the thriving fields, with a mixed feeling of weal and woe.
Along with nature’s changing course,
A fair spring day displays its force.
In spring attire I leave my home
And to the eastern fields I roam.
When clouds o’er hilltops disappear,
The dim horizon soon turns clear.
From the south mild breezes blow
And toss the seedlings to and fro.
Beside the lake as flat as sheet,
I rinse my mouth and wash my feet.
In face of such a stretch of green,
I’m overjoyed at what I’ve seen.
As the ancient saying goes,
“A true contentment brings repose.”
At this, I drink a cup of wine,
With mind at ease and eyes ashine.
With running stream in front of me,
I think of lucid River Yi.
The boys and girls on their school day
Would sing aloud on homeward way.
I love the quiet and peaceful sight,
Which stirs my mind through day and night.
The pity is that good old days
Are fading with receding rays.
A simple life from day to day,
Inside this but I gladly stay.
I watch long rows of bloom and herb,
Amid bamboo and trees superb.
I play the zither on my knee,
With unstrained wine in front of me.
Gone forever are the days of old;
I’m left alone with woes untold.