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Chinese Mountain Man III: The Climb

March 18, 2019

 

Who goes there, wandering

Through the mist and the rain?

 

Among the alpine crests

And mountains’ crystal streams?

 

A Chinese mountain man

Trecks up the steep defiles.

 

And with him follows closely

His pupil short of breath.

 

They walk among the wraith-like trees,

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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