“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

The West Lake's Good

By Brendan O'Kane, published

A light boat rows with short strokes, and the West Lake's good.
The limpid waters gently wend;

欧阳修采桑子
轻舟短棹西湖好
绿水逶迤
芳草长堤
隐隐笙歌处处随
无风水面琉璃滑
不觉船移
微动涟漪
惊起沙禽掠岸飞

To the tune of 'The Mulberry-Picking Boy' (1 in a series of 10)

A light boat rows with short strokes, and the West Lake's good.
The limpid waters gently wend;
Grass grows fragrant at water's end,
And all around, faint strains of song attend.
Windless: the water's surface is as smooth as glass.
The boat seems not to move at all;
Ripples go up at the tiniest motion,
And startled birds take flight at the commotion.

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