Li Shangyin

North Among Green Vines - Poem by Li Shangyin

Where the sun has entered the western hills,
I look for a monk in his little straw hut;
But only the fallen leaves are at home,
And I turn through chilling levels of cloud
I hear a stone gong in the dusk,
I lean full-weight on my slender staff
How within this world, within this grain of dust,
Can there be any room for the passions of men?

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 13, 2012

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