HAN SHAN
9th century


They laugh at me, “Hey farm boy!
Shinny head, your hat’s not tall enough,
and your belt goes around you twice!”
It’s not that I don’t know what’s in…
If you don’t have the cash, forget it.
But someday I’ll get rich for sure,
and then I’ll wear a big, tall
Buddhist gravestone on my head.


translated from the Chinese by J.P. Seaton

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