Poetry Mountain

      

Here we languish, a bunch of poor
      scholars,
      battered by extremes of hunger and cold.
      Out of work, our only joy is poetry:
      Scribble, scribble, we wear out our brains.
      Who will read the works of such men?
      On that point you can save your sighs.
      We could inscribe our poems on biscuits
      And the homeless dogs wouldn’t deign to nibble.
 
                              
      
                           
      –-Han Shan (Cold Mountain, 10)

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