Stirring Rice after the Hunger's Past

by Han Shan (712-793)

This poem is by Han Shan who took the name Cold Mountain and became one of the most famous and beloved poets of the Tang Dynasty.






Pursue them 10000 miles,
Raise high your sword, take careful aim

The faintest hesitation, or wince, or blink
And one will strike, and one of you is dead

You need not begrudge his life to take it,
Or be so selfess as to offer yours

The secret to victory?
Don't fight for greed.