The Lonely Swan
The lonely swan won’t drink nor eat,
But longs to join its flock to fleet.
Who will pity its shadow lonely,
Astray in the clouds, it wails only.
Out of sight, still it seems in view;
Lost in grief, its song’s heard anew.
What do insensible birds know?
You hear only caws of the crow.
This is the song of a lonely swan longing for its flock.
“The Lonely Swan” is a poem in five lines written by Du Fu, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. It is an aria poem that expresses the painful feelings of a person who is lost in the chaos and wandering. The whole poem symbolizes the poet himself through the description of the lonely and miserable geese.