I Make My Home in the Mountains Li Po
You ask why I live
alone in the mountain forest
and I smile and am silent
until even my soul grows quiet
It lives in the other world
one that no one owns.
The peach trees blossom
The water continues to flow.
I come humbly to the bamboo grove
Each day hoping to embrace the way
poem 山中問答 by 李白
Li Po (Li Pai or Li Bai) lived 701 — 762 is a major Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty poetry period. He has been regarded as one of the greatest poets in China’s Tang period, which is often called China’s “golden age” of poetry.
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