Song of a Dream
By pools of congealed green
Red flowers form a screen.
East of the painted bridge alone stands she,
Trying to bind spring breeze with sprigs of willow tree.
Magpies fly through gossamers light,
The bees alight on falling flowers in vain.
A swing hangs in the yard before the window bright.
How much sorrow and leisure she feels in the rain!
This poem expresses a young woman’s regret for the departing spring.
“Song of a Dream” is a lyric composed by Wu Qian of the Song Dynasty. It is about the feelings of a woman in a boudoir who cherishes spring. Through the description of various scenes in spring, the lyricist expresses the feelings of a wonderful woman who cherishes spring. This is a common theme. Who can say that it is not an expression of longing for time and youth behind the beauty’s cherishing of spring?