Monday, May 12, 2014


How Do You Grow Old?

Wang An-shih (1021-1086), "Hymn," tr. David Hinton:
Dawn lights up the room. I close my book and sleep,
dreaming of Bell Mountain and full of tenderness.

How do you grow old living with failure and disgrace?
Just go back to the cascading creek: cold, shimmering.

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