江雪 The Snow-Covered River
The birds from all the mountains flew away,
No trace of human foot on any way...
An old man with a straw-hat in a lonely boat
alone is fishing in the frosty river's snow.
The high peaks and the low undulating mounds are all swallowed by the snow and mist, not a single bird is seen.
The remote and near paths are all buried under thick blankets of snow, not a single trace of feet.
"The old man with the straw-hat on a lonely boat." There is a solitary little boat, motionless in the heart of the frosty river; on it there is a fisherman sitting, with a bamboo hat on his head and a coir raincoat on his shoulders.
"...alone is fishing in the frosty river's snow". In his solitude he is engrossed in his fishing in the bosom of the frosty skies and snow-covered earth!