Telling Innermost Feeling
The air is fresh on a fine day after the rain,
I stand in a riverside tower and gaze.
Afar the water stretches clear and bright.
Green hills on hills tower in the twilight.
I find the broken bridge and quiet lane
In fisher’s village veiled in haze,
At dusk I see lonely smoke rise.
Seeing the sun sink,
Silent I lean on railings red,
With sorrow fed,
I’m drunk before I drink.
Boundless is my grief cold,
Evening clouds pass before my eyes.
Autumn turns old.
My friends stay miles away;
In vain I gaze all the long day.
The poet describes the place where he bade farewell to his friends so as to reveal his longing for them.
The first piece of the poem is about the autumn scene standing at the river tower. The upper part of the lyric is about the autumn scene standing in the river tower; the lower part expresses the nostalgic feelings for the deceased in Kyoto. The whole lyric has a complete structure, and the language is elegant but not vulgar, and the tone is free.