Li Po

(701-762 / Chu / Kazakhstan)

Alone Looking at the Mountain Poem by Li Po


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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  • Gold Star - 4,546 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

  • Gold Star - 4,546 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,467 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.

  • Rookie - 276 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (9/11/2014 8:46:00 AM)

    lipo was my first love among the poets (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,842 Points Babatunde Aremu (9/11/2014 5:04:00 AM)

    Terse but powerful poem. I guess the poet got inspiration from the mountain (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 25,009 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/11/2014 3:24:00 AM)

    A very small poem but great sayings. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,063 Points Charity Nduhiu (9/11/2014 3:04:00 AM)

    sweet and short. Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/11/2014 2:52:00 AM)

    Here the poet..stood talking with mountain and inhaling the beauty of nature...Words are killin' (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 7,521 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

  • Rookie Manohar Bhatia (9/11/2013 7:02:00 AM)

    Hi,
    Short and sweet poem...............amazing!
    Manohar Bhatia. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos Echeverria (9/11/2012 2:21:00 PM)

    Li Po is lovelorn, but still loves life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points Omolola David (9/11/2012 9:31:00 AM)

    Nice one, Short and Articulate (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Susanta Pattnayak (9/11/2012 8:31:00 AM)

    An unparalleled, lovely classic! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 352 Points Sreelekha Premjit (9/11/2012 8:20:00 AM)

    your little poem speaks a volume.. amazing (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 17 Points Hunter Hunters (9/11/2012 2:38:00 AM)

    It's simple but i tell you, you can write books out of this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,608 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 Noreen Fonseca (9/11/2011 1:41:00 AM)

    Few words that makes you think. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 585 Points Ramesh T A (9/11/2010 7:35:00 AM)

    As there is no other that is the thing one can do at that situation! (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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