Stirring Rice after the Hunger’s Past

by Han Shan (712-793)

Pursue them 10000 miles,
Raise high your sword, take careful aim
The faintest hesitation, or wince, or blink
And one will strike, and one of you is dead
You need not begrudge his life to take it,
Or be so selfess as to offer yours
The secret to victory?
Don’t fight for greed.

This poem is by Han Shan who took the name Cold Mountain and became one of the most famous and beloved poets of the Tang Dynasty.


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