Level banks wet with dew,
Mist-veiled cots out of view,
Green grass runs riot;
After the morning rain the river’s quiet.
Only the official youngest in years,
Whose green gown caressing the ground, appears
To rival with the grass in tender hue.
It overspreads the pavilion of adieu,
And veils the lane stretched far away.
How can I not complain of my dear friend
Who’s gone and won’t return on an early day?
When all pear blossoms fall, spring has come to an end.
The land is steeped in the sun’s departing ray,
The green grass will grow old with the smoke grey.
The poet describes grass and complains his friend won’t come back with grass in spring.
“Waterbag Dance” is a lyric by Mei Yaochen, a writer of the Song Dynasty. The upper part of the lyric highlights the beauty of the grass after the rain with a beautiful brush; the lower part of the lyric highlights the love of the grass with a miserable tone, but falls into a bleak situation. Through the contrast of the upper and lower pieces, the whole lyric expresses the author’s feelings of cherishing grass and spring, and implies the author’s feelings of his life.