D.G. Jones gave us stars by fire
Li Bai (Li Po) gives us stars by water.
In sunshine, Censer Peak breathes purple mist.
A jutting stream, the cataract hangs in spray
Far off, then plunges down three thousand feet —
As if the sky had dropped the Milky Way.
“The Waterfall at Lu Shan” rendered into English by Vikram Seth in Three Chinese Poets.
The enjambement “hangs in spray / Far off” gives to the piece the added frisson of proximity to the precipice.
And so for day 350