Tired of my writing brush, I gazed out the window:
bamboo and pine were perfectly still.
At moonrise, a slight breeze came up,
like on those long-ago nights in the hills.
As though dreaming, I returned to the Hsien-yu Temple
near my home in the southern mountains.
When that palace water clock awakened me,
I thought it was the laughter of mountain streams.
translated by Sam Hamill