Han Shan - Encounters with Cold Mountain Translated by Peter Stambler - MY CANDLE GUTTERS IN A SUDDEN GUST
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Encounters with Cold Mountain - Poems by Han Shan
Translated by Peter Stambler
Beijing, Panda Books, Chinese Literature Press, 1996
MY CANDLE GUTTERS IN A SUDDEN GUST
If you were so dim in a former life,
Today's life won't bring you light.
If you suffer poverty's sting,
Spread balm upon the life that once you led.
If today you fail to find your way,
You bequeath yourself a pathless wood.
Two lives, two shores, a fast, broad stream,
No sturdy boat at hand. Impossible!