In the Mountains:
A Reply to the Vulgar

They ask me where’s the sense
    on jasper mountains?
I laugh and don’t reply,
    in heart’s own quiet:

Peach petals float their streams
   away in secret
To other skies and earths
   than those of mortals.

Li Po
translated by Arthur Cooper

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The birds have vanished into the sky,
and now the last cloud drains away.

We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.


Li Po

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