Butterflies in Love with Flowers
· Lantern Festival at Mizhou
On Lantern Festival by riverside at night,
The moon frost-white
Shone on the beauties fair and bright.
Fragrance exhaled and music played under the tent,
The running horses raised no dust on the pavement.
Now I am old in lonely hillside town,
Drumbeats and flute songs up and down
Are drowned in prayers amid mulberries and lost.
The lantern fires put out, dew falls with frost.
Over the fields dark clouds hangs low:
It threatens snow.
The Lantern Festival falls on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month.
“Butterflies in Love with Flowers · Lantern Festival at Mizhou” is a lyric written by Su Shi, a writer of the Northern Song Dynasty. The first section describes the scene of Hangzhou Lantern Festival, which is the scene and feelings of the author when he first came to Mizhou to watch the moon. The next section describes the loneliness and coldness of the festival in contrast to the previous one. In general, it depicts the different scenes of Hangzhou and Mizhou, revealing the author’s longing for Hangzhou and his loneliness when he first came to Mizhou. The content and brushwork are not confined to the conventional rules, but are self-explanatory, and the brushwork follows the intention.