Lost within the confines of the secular world My dreams are few and far between Listening to the flute under the moon Like a soldier on expedition Accompanied by the desolate wind Ten thousand miles away Shrouded in the cold moonlight My clothing white as snow The green mountains must remain the same When upon my return, I shall go hiking Wearing pegged clogs like Master Xie* * Master Xie refers to Xie Lingyun (385-433), one of the foremost Chinese poets of the Southern and Northern Dynasties and a famous practitioner of the Six Dynasties era poetry. Xie’s landscape poems are based on physical and intimate contact with the subject at hand. He toured the magnificent landscapes of Zhejiang with admirable enthusiasm, even designing a type of wooden clog with removable pegs for hiking up and down the mountains. When hiking upward, the pegs were placed underneath the rear part of the clog; when coming downward, the pegs were removed to the front to balance the height difference. People later called this type of clog "Master Xie's Clog".
Translated by Jennifer Zeng