By Xuanzang (Translated by Lan Hua)

After unstinting effort
Of the human frame
To reach this mountain shelter

Where a few words
Suddenly discovered
Exceed the poetic realm

In a holy sutra
Inscribed in stone

The spirit’s music is performed
In the half empty mountain air

Composed In Western Paradise

 

Lan Hua is a writer and translator based in New York.  His translations of Chinese poetry are available online at www.tangspirit.net  and his own poetry is available online at  lampoetry.blogspot.com

Related Post

‘Hope’ and Other Poetry by Neil Dachstadter   Hope What task be done, you thought was not? What asked and sought, forgot, was wrought? What strain was set against a blow? As gain unfet...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.