Drunk, at random I float
Along the stream my little boat.
By misfortune, among
The flowers I cannot stay long.
Misty waters outspread,
I find the slanting sun on turning my head,
And countless mountains high.
Red flowers fall in showers,
I don’t remember the way I came by.
The banished poet writes this poem on his southward way, in which he describes the scenery of the peach blossom land he dreamed of.
The first piece is about a lyricist of the Song Dynasty, Qin Guan. The first verse is about the lyricist’s drunken imagination of himself rafting into the Peach Blossom Source, but after he wakes up, he holds a grudge because he is bound by the government, implying the bitterness of longing for the fairyland but having no way out; the second verse selects four bleak scenes in the human world to reflect the lyricist’s gloomy and sentimental state of mind. The first strokes of the poem are about love and scenery, and the realm is clear and beautiful; then it suddenly turns, and the sentiment is sad and bitter; the next strokes are deeper and deeper than the last, and the scenery is bleak and untraceable; at the end, the scenic words fade out, and the sentiment is bleak. The whole composition is subtle and intriguing.