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Li Po

(701-762 / Chu / Kazakhstan)

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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Chris Ooi (9/11/2009 7:51:00 AM)

    After all the 'decorations' have gone, the main one is still there, as it is; nothing but it. And that is what is seen...and loved still but it.
    You can relate it to true love (which still exists, a rarity) - with all of life's up's and down's, distractions and temptations, the love is still there and just as strong.... my interpretation. (Report) Reply

  • Arpad Rudas (12/6/2008 8:31:00 AM)

    The birds have vanished into the sky,
    and now the last cloud drains away.

    We sit together, the mountain and me,
    until only the mountain remains.

    (Li Po,701–762)

    (Translated by Sam Hamill) (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (9/11/2008 9:24:00 AM)

    Where do these comments come from? Li Po lived in the eighth century!

    The poem may be 'fantastic and deep'! But can you tell us why? What does the word 'fantastic' mean to you? Why the semi-colon?

    What do the birds flying up signify? Why does the majesty of the mountain awe the poet?

    Poetry is both emotion and reason, not simply one or the other! (Report) Reply

  • Etebom Ekpo (9/11/2007 1:04:00 PM)

    this is crazy! , so creative, i think your like a creator, hah, not like God, but like chris talker who can make one laugh.
    it's a good write, keep up (Report) Reply

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