Li Po

(701-762 / Chu / Kazakhstan)

Alone Looking at the Mountain


All the birds have flown up and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other -
Only the mountain and I.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,699 Points Terry Craddock (9/12/2014 3:35:00 AM)

    High Mountains Walk Elevated Heights

    even when wild all
    the birds have flown
    alone is never alone

    accompanied by clouds
    in high mountains gazing
    we walk elevated heights


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Alone Looking at the Mountain' by Li Po. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,699 Points Terry Craddock (9/11/2014 6:48:00 PM)

    even when the birds have flown, alone is never alone, accompanied by clouds, in mountains gazing (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,403 Points Kay Staley (9/11/2014 9:20:00 AM)

    Portrays a gentle relationship between the mountain and the poet. Nice calming effect to the reader. Simple and short and easy to remember and play back in your mind from time to time. I wish that it had more meaning or that I understood the real meaning that it has. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 369 Points Stephen W (9/11/2014 3:29:00 PM)

    Maybe it's fine as it is, without hidden meaning.

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  • Bronze Star - 7,053 Points Neela Nath (9/11/2013 12:40:00 PM)

    This is called brevity of expression.So romantic! We never feel tired of the same beauty of nature which we happen to see everyday. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,988 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (9/11/2011 2:01:00 AM)

    Birds have given wings to fly, restless their nature never keeps themselves tranquil in peace, they are specially made for flying. But Mountain has a strong root to stay on the ground as the human being has its own nature to follow the ancestors and the strength to keep the strict singularity about their human root also. So, poet transmits his own idea as a man should do. If the root digged firm into the ground that could be the shelter of different birds in different time. So no sad I feel in reading this one. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Herman Chiu (9/11/2009 8:19:00 PM)

    Although I by far prefer the chinese versions of his poems, I am still impressed by this english translation.
    Good job, and thanks to whoever did this! (Report) Reply

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