Sunday, October 23, 2011
Cen Can (715-770)
Climbing Ciensi Pagoda with Gao She and Xue Du
Macho pagoda sprouts forth,
Alone, lofting to Heaven's Gate.
In darkness stone steps coil upward,
Emerge jutting above the world.
Towering over the Imperial Capital,
Awesome like a demon's work.
Its four corners block the sun,
Its seventh story grasps the firmament.
Below glimpse soaring birds,
Below again hear soughing wind.
Mountain chain undulates like surf,
Pounding ever straight eastward.
Green locust trees on Emperor's Highway,
Shade carved palace buildings.
Autumn color arrives from the west,
Impressive the bounteous Guanzhong Plain!
Five Tombs on the north slope,
Eternally green in moist mist.
Buddha's words now revealed,
In the name of my ancestors.
I swear in future I will retire,
Comprehend the Dao,
Invest in the inexhaustible.�