Li Po

(701-762 / Chu / Kazakhstan)

Green Mountain

Poem by Li Po

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.

Topic(s) of this poem: mountain

Comments about Green Mountain by Li Po

  • * Sunprincess * (9/12/2015 11:40:00 PM) in the mountain area with a great friend would be the best ★(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (4/24/2015 3:52:00 AM)

    Lovely and well articulated piece written with conviction. A nice poem indeed. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • * 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

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  • 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

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  • Mandira Mitra (11/10/2006 11:14:00 AM)

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

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  • 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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Read poems about / on: smile, green, world, heart

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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