National Poetry Day 2019

 Steeply sloped karst mountains near Yangshuo, China (Image credit: Stacie Wolny)

GREEN MOUNTAIN


By Li Bai

You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;
I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.
As the peach-blossom flows down stream and is gone into the unknown,
I have a world apart that is not among men.

The Ozark Mountains, Arkansas Missouri (Photo: DI Jones)

CLIMBING SONG

By Ruby Archer

Away, away,—to the mountains away,
Where the pine trees murmur and sway,
And the foamy waterfalls sing and spring
Over the boulders gray
.

The hidden beauties will lure you on,
‘Till your heart from its dreaming is drawn,
And your eyes are bright with the free delight
Known to the fearless fawn.

Fear not to weary—you never can tire,
For the sunshine gives you its fire,
And your feet will follow the breeze with ease,
Higher and ever higher.

Great Smoky Mountains (Credit: Sean Pavone/Dreamstime )

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