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Friday, May 4, 2012


     han shan by tj worthington


          Would you know a simile for life and death?

          Compare them to water and ice.

          Water binds together to become ice;
          Ice melts and turns back into water.

          What has died must live again,

          What has been born shall return to death.

          Water and ice do no harm to each other;

          Life and death are both of them good.

                                   ---Han Shan
                                   tr Burton Watson


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