Jia Dao: On Li Ning’s Secluded Residence ~ 《题李凝幽居》 贾岛 with English Translations

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《题李凝幽居》 贾岛


On Li Ning’s Secluded Residence
Jia Dao

Reclusive living has few neighbors,
A weedy path leads to a garden in ruins.
Birds nestle in the trees by the pond,
A monk knocks at the door awash in the moon.
Across the bridge the view assumes country colors,
Moving stones shake the root of the clouds.
Away for now and will be back here again,
A promise never be gone back on.

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