Poems of Meng Jiao
Unable to linger in Ying, I accompany those going to Jiangnan
Our boat's about to go downriver.
Still broad daylight but I cannot stay.
An old man once returned here alone,
Bitter tears darkening his vision.
Ying is one of the capital's of ancient Chu. The old man is the exiled king of Chu. In Tang times, he was a symbol of the unstable times, the displaced emperor's, the unending rebellions. A symbol of pathos among the cultured.