Song of the Parting Son
From the threads a mother’s hand weaves,
A gown for parting son is made.
Sown stitch by stitch before he leaves,
For fear his return be delayed.
Such kindness as young grass receives
From the warm sun can’t be repaid.
This is a well-known song showing the mother’s love for her son.
“Song of the Parting Son” is a five-line poem written by Meng Jiao, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. It is an ode to motherly love. The poem is written in six stanzas of thirty words, using the technique of white description to recall a seemingly ordinary scene of sewing clothes before going on a journey, highlighting and celebrating the greatness and selflessness of a mother’s love, expressing the poet’s gratitude for her love and his deep love and respect for her. The poem is sincere and natural, without any ornamentation, but it is fresh and fluent, and the simple and simple language contains a rich and beautiful poetic flavor, which has been widely recited for thousands of years.