[We Only Part to Meet Again]
By: LIU Yanghe, Hera (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
The distinguished Chinese poet Li Bai wrote a famous poem about separation named “Farewell To a Friend“. More than one millennia later, American poet Ezra Pound translated this poem into English:
Blue mountains to the north of the walls,
White river winding about them;
Here we must make separation
And go out through a thousand miles of dead grass.
Mind like a floating wide cloud,
Sunset like the parting of old acquaintances
Who bow over their clasped hands at a distance.
Our horses neigh to each other as we are departing.
The sentimental and exquisite poetry touches our hearts and conveys an idea to us: separation and farewell are eternal topics of all ages regardless of nationality. Everyone has experienced partings, and one can always remember the pain and bitterness swelling up from the bottom of his/her heart. Farewell takes various forms: it can be a drop of clear tear of a mother whose son is going to the battlefield; it can be a passionate kiss between two lovers who have to be separated for an unfortunate cause; it can be a grateful retrospection of university life of a CityU graduate; it can also be a warm hug from a friend who is leaving residence hall… Some of us are even experiencing sorrowful separation in the graduation season at present.
It is no doubt that farewell is distressing and it is hard to say goodbye. But the reality is cruel: we always take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye. Parting is inevitable, which is an eternal truth. Then why don’t we face separation with a positive attitude? Think about it from a different perspective. We should feel how lucky we are to have something that makes it so hard to say goodbye. We should always keep in mind that the world is round and what seems like an end may also be a beginning. Just as the famous writer Richard Bach puts it:
Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.