A solitary white egret
Gingerly steps through the water,
Stirring up the mud with the shake of its feet.
Peering into the lake,
Seeking but not finding.
Surrounded by pairs of mallards.
The single snowy bird
Silently glides forward in the water,
And then takes to the sky.
Alone the white egret continues his journey.
The clumps of mallards
Clamorously paddle around the lake,
And then settle down for the night.
Together the mallards continue their journey.