Li Po

(701-762 / Chu / Kazakhstan)

Green Mountain


You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;
I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.
As the peach-blossom flows down stream and is gone into the unknown,
I have a world apart that is not among men.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Edited: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Topic of this poem: mountain


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  • Rookie * Waterrabbit (8/17/2011 11:14:00 AM)

    I enjoy this poem and will try to find the recommended translation by Vikram Seth, that member Mandira Mitra commented on.
    Also, I felt strongly about giving this poem a good rating and I became a member so I could do so. This is a safe site according to McAfee SiteAdvisor and would ask anyone that visits here to join and participate by commenting and rating. Thankz. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie C Fuentes (8/13/2007 12:38:00 PM)

    This, like so many of Li Po's work, is amazing in it's picturesque word imagery, and simple expression of universal human emotion. I wish I could read his work in the original language. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Mandira Mitra (11/10/2006 11:14:00 AM)

    A better translation exists. By Vikram Seth. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 302 Points Uriah Hamilton (8/22/2005 10:30:00 AM)

    You cannot give Li Po a one and claim to like poetry, it is a contradiction. (Report) Reply

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