Somewhere a car-camper played a radio.
Everything seemed to stand still:
The boat still; the water still;
But we startled the shorebirds and they rose all about us, all at once.
An account of a poem by Ouyang Xiu, “A Light Boat With Short Oars (Picking Mulberries).” Here is the original:
Here is a word-for-word version from Chinese-poems.com:
Light boat short oar west lake good
Green water gently curving
Fragrant grass long dyke
Faint pipe song everywhere follow
Without wind water surface glaze smooth
Not notice boat move
Little move ripples
Startle rise sand bird brush bank fly