For the Drunken Calligrapher
People may make friends with the throng;
This sage sings a different song.
In verve he’ll write as floating cloud;
When drank as mad, he would talk loud.
Though white-haired, he loves to be free.
From royal favor could he flee?
With a pot of wine by his bed,
How long can he still rest his head?
This poem is a poem written by Gao Shi, a poet of the Tang Dynasty, and shows Zhang Xu’s character and hobbies in a relaxed and casual tone. At the same time, the poem also describes Zhang Xu’s carefree and free life, praises Zhang Xu’s solitary quality of being indifferent to fame and fortune and not following the current, expresses the poet’s admiration for Zhang Xu and his way of life, and implies the poet’s lingering sorrow in his heart.