Awaking on a Boat at Night . Su Shi . A light breeze soughs quietly, blowing river grasses. I open the hatch expecting rain; moonlight fills the lake. Boatman and river birds share the same dream; A large fish suddenly jumps and dives like a darting fox. Late at night people and creatures are oblivious of each other, While in my case alone, form and shadow delight each other. The dark tide appears at the bank, pity the cold crawlers, The setting moon hangs in the willow, see the spider suspended. In this hurried life, spent amid worries and troubles, Pure scenes pass before the eyes-- how long can they last? Cocks crow, bells sound, flocks of birds take flight. Drums beat on the bow, shout answers shout.