You ask me why I dwell
among these jade green hills.
I smile but answer not. My heart is serene.
A peach blossom
sails past in the current of the water!
There are worlds beyond the world of men.
Li Po (aka Li Bai) (701-762)
A Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty, Li Po wrote occasional verse and poems about his own life. His poetry is known for its clear imagery and conversational tone. His work influenced a number of 20th-century poets, including Ezra Pound and James Wright.