We don’t have white cranes in Australia, the type that is often found as a motif in Chinese paintings, often beside an evergreen pine tree; both being the symbols of longevity. In the paintings the cranes are usually standing ‘stock-still’, but if you have seen an Australian crane, the brolga, dance, you would be in tune with this poem by the Tang Dynasty poet, Bai Ju Yi (772 – 846).
To The Crane by Bai Ju Yi
Every man has his own leaning
All creatures ought to be the same
Who can say that when you dance
You look less well as standing still
(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017