Billy Collins - Liu Yung - Read by Poem Of The Day
by Billy Collins (1941-)
This poet of the Sung dynasty is so miserable.
The wind sighs arouund the trees,
a single swan passes overhead,
and he is alone on the water in his skiff.
If only he appreciated life
in eleventh-century China as much as I do —
no loud cartoons on television,
no music from the ice cream truck,
just the calls of elated birds
and the steady flow of the water clock.