the daoist’s retreat

tree at dusk ©papa osmubal

tree at dusk ©papa osmubal

the daoist’s retreat
kit kelen

the mountain is mysterious
plants on it are always green

stones of five colours make it up
the lakes are strange as well

wine for the immortals won’t make you drunk
life’s lengthened when wishing gives way

starry night— hear the devout
to sleep through their song
would be disrespect

I heap pine wood against the cold
I warm my hands to write

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