Phoenix Perching on Plane Tree
· The Orchid Stream
The laurel boat cleaving the waves slowly goes by,
Mist veils peaks low and high,
Green water joins the far-off sky.
My pocket with verse and rhyme is filled up,
In high spirits I drink in my golden cup.
The willow down and flowers in flight tease my eye,
A soft breeze blows in the vast sky,
Through willow branches swallows fly.
Whose green bamboo invites me to the door?
I moor my boat at sunset and go to the shore.
The poet describes his leisurely life on boating.
“Phoenix Perching on Plane Tree · The Orchid Stream” is a song written by Cao Guan, a lyricist of the Song Dynasty. This lyric describes the leisurely mood of boating in the Orchid River, and expresses the author’s love for the landscape of his hometown. It has a beautiful and harmonious mood, simple and easy language, and a light and quick rhythm, which makes it easy to read and warm in retrospect.