Severed Shore （裂岸）
When I read the verses of Su Shi, “Tangled crags tear the clouds; angry waves sever the shore, and churn up a thousand piles of snow,” I think of how the power of the Yangtze River churns up rapids like snowdrifts at Huanggang. But now that the Three Gorges Dam has been built, people living along the Yangtze River are no longer able to see the sights that Su Shi viewed at Huanggang.
Taiwan is an island surrounded by the sea. We can go to the seashore at any time and see huge, angry waves pounding the shore. It’s like enraged lions or tigers leaping up from the ground, and the sound of the breakers is thunderous.
But the shore in the distance is quite lovely, and it is calm by the pavilion. Maybe we should go sit there for a while.＠