Inscription by artist:
The wind rustles among cattail and weeds.
They exchange calls of honest concern and true love.
Their feathers shield them from the cold and heat*.
They are happy to revel in the sunset on homecoming.
* The sentence could also be interpreted as ‘Though lowly creatures they do not fawn or disdain’.
Painted by Fan Chang Tien in Singapore, in the winter month of the lunar calendar, 1964.
Collection of National Gallery of Singapore