Rough and Dark--Cold Mountain Trail


 
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Rough and Dark--Cold Mountain Trail
        Hanshan

Rough and dark--Cold Mountain trail,
Sharp cobbles--the icy creek bank.
Yammering, chirping--always the birds,
Bleak, alone, not even a lone hiker.
Whip, whip--the wind slaps my face,
Whirled and tumbled--snow piles on my back.
Morning after morning I don't see the sun,
Year after year, not a sign of spring.
 
Yǎoyǎo Hánshān Dào
Hánshān

Yǎoyǎo Hanshan dào,
Luòluò lěng jiàn bīn.
Jiūjiū dāng yǒu niǎo,
Jìjì gèng wúrén.
Xīxī fēng chuī miàn,
Fēnfēn xuě jī shēn.
Cháocháo bùjiàn rí,
Suìsuì bùzhī chūn.
 
Translator: Gary Snyder 史耐德

Notes:
Gary Snyder, Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems, Shoemaker & Hoard 2004

 
 
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