Article Index

 

from North Hills

attrib. by Pound (after Fenollosa) in Cathay (in the enlarged reprint in Lustra) to ‘Kakuhaku’; 

quite a way after Kuo P’u (276-324 AD)

                               

 

eternally moved

 

         jade flash :: ruddy kingfisher

 

         shimmer-sheen in trumpet vines

 

         green lianas tie forest down

 

         canopy on mountain’s side

 

         amidst all this, one meditative:

 

 

         silent out-breath, scarce a sound

 

 

         heart set free to climb the sky

 

 

         …dining on foliage, sipping from streams…

 

         like red pine    s l o w    t o    a s c e n d

 

 

         flight of geese through dun hill smoke

 

  hills float extensive at left hand

 

  shouldering aside great cliff to right

 

  ask those, ephemeral as mayflies,

 

 

  if they know half as much as a turtle or crane