The Cold Mountain Way

tiantaihanshan

IX

People ask about the Cold Mountain way:

plain roads don’t get through to Cold Mountain.

Middle of the summer, and the ice still hasn’t

melted.
Sunrise, and the mist would blind a hidden dragon.

So, how could a man like me get here?

My heart is not the same as yours, dear sir . . .

If your heart were like mine,

you’d be here already.

–poem by Han Shan, from Songs of Cold Mountain

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