Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Dufu: in a single glance

With what can I compare the Great Peak?
Over the surrounding provinces, its blue-green hue
dwindles from sight.
Infused by the Shaper of Forms with the soaring power
Shaded and sunlit, its slopes divide night from day.
Breast heaving as I climb toward the clouds,
Eyes straining to follow birds flying home,
Someday I shall reach its peerless summit,
And behold all mountains in a single glance.

Tu-Fu (Du-fu)
(712-110, Tang Dynasty)
Translation Dan Simmons
From Simmons' The Rise of Endymion