To the Returning Wild Geese
Why will you stay on South River no more
With blue water, bright sand and mossy shore?
The moonbeams play on twenty-five sad strings.
Can you not bear the grief the zither brings?
The poet imagines the wild geese fly north for they cannot bear the grief of the princess who plays on a zither of twenty-five strings at the emperor’s death by the riverside.
“To the Returning Wild Geese” is a seven-part poem written by the Tang Dynasty poet Qian Qi. It is a poem written by Qian Qi, a poet of the Tang Dynasty, to express his thoughts on his travels to other countries. With its unique artistic characteristics, the poem has become one of the most famous poems on singing geese.