Green Mountain

You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;
I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.
As the peach-blossom flows down stream and is gone into the unknown,
I have a world apart that is not among men.

by Li Po

Comments (5)

Lovely and well articulated piece written with conviction. A nice poem indeed. Thanks for sharing.
I enjoy this poem and will try to find the recommended translation by Vikram Seth, that member Mandira Mitra commented on. Also, I felt strongly about giving this poem a good rating and I became a member so I could do so. This is a safe site according to McAfee SiteAdvisor and would ask anyone that visits here to join and participate by commenting and rating. Thankz.
This, like so many of Li Po's work, is amazing in it's picturesque word imagery, and simple expression of universal human emotion. I wish I could read his work in the original language.
A better translation exists. By Vikram Seth.
You cannot give Li Po a one and claim to like poetry, it is a contradiction.