urchin ways

when the urchin boy
  girl go out to sea   I
ask them of that old song the one
  their parents’parents’parents’ knew by heart the one about
  water   & salt –

when the urchin boy
  girl go out to sea   I
ask them of that old song the
  one about fire & salt & fire & naught and how loud
  how loud it was –

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.

– Han Shan, “Cold Mountain Poems” (translated by Jerome Seaton)

4 comments on “urchin ways

  1. adminclouds says:

    Really liking this one.

    • huzaifazoom says:

      I had one on the same theme a day before. Didn’t work. I don’t recall giving the same theme another shot. This time I did. Glad it poemed well. Thanks 🙂

  2. I keep thinking how loud it was. That line alone is fabulous. They who have ears. 😉 Thank you.

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