Delighted That The Monk Chien-chou Has Come A Long Way To Visit Me by Ch’i-chi

He and I both nearing seventy,
what does it mean to meet like this?
The age of a sage king has yet to arrive,
but partings and rebellions–we have plenty of that!
Though the gate to detachment is hard to attain,
days of leisure pass quickly.
For the rest of our lives, aside from writing letters,
we’ll just be at the beck of the poetry devil.

translated by Burton Watson

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