• By David B. Gosselin

Chinese Mountain Man III: The Climb


Who goes there, wandering

About the mists and the rains?

Among the alpine crests

And mountains’ crystal streams?

A Chinese mountain man

Trecks up the steep defiles.

And with him follows close

His pupil short of breath.

They walk among the pines,

Which rise from every crag.

The rustling of the world

Is soundless at such heights.

They climb the lofty peaks,

Tread worlds above the clouds.

“Peasant and sage alike

Climb mountains such as these,”

Declared the mountain man,

Then walked into the mist.

His pupil followed close

Behind, without a word.

The rustling of the world

Is soundless at such heights.

They climb the lofty peaks,

Tread worlds above the clouds.

Read Chinese Mountain Man parts I, II and III

David is a translator, linguist and poet based in Montreal.


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