Thursday, April 20, 2017
Han Shan: solitude
One reason why I admire Han Shan (Cold Mountain) is his humanity. He comes across as very human, and this is one that reveals him as being human, and not some mystic saint.
Sitting alone I keep slipping away
far off with the cares of my heart
clouds wander by the mountainside
wind rushes out the valley
gibbons swing from the trees
birds call through the forest
time slips past my temples
yearend finds me old with regrets
-- Han Shan (Cold Mountain) --
The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain
Red Pine: trans and ed.