Saying Good-bye to Cambridge Again

Very quietly I take my leave

As quietly as I came here

Quietly I wave good-bye

To the rosy clouds in the western sky.

The golden willows by the riverside

Are young brides in the setting sun

Their reflections on the shimmering waves

Always linger in the depth of my heart.

The floating heart growing in the sludge

Sways leisurely under the water

In the gentle waves of Cambridge

I would be a water plant!

That pool under the shade of elm trees

Holds not water but the rainbow from the sky

Shattered to pieces among the duckweeds

Is the sediment of a rainbow-like dream.

To seek a dream? Just to pole a boat upstream

To where the green grass is more verdant

Or to have the boat fully loaded with starlight

And sing aloud in the splendor of starlight.

But I cannot sing aloud

Quietness is my farewell music

Even summer insects heap silence for me

Silent is Cambridge tonight!

Very quietly I take my leave

As quietly as I came here

Gently I flick my sleeves

Not even a wisp of cloud will I bring away