Thursday, September 25, 2008

fish-bird man

An offering from Jason. A story from Chuangzi.


In the Northern Ocean there is a fish called Kun which is many thousand li in size. It changes into a bird named Peng whose back is many thousand li in breadth. When it rises and flies, its wings are like clouds filling the sky.

It is said “When Peng is heading toward the Southern Ocean it splashes along the water for three thousand li. It rises with the wind and wings its way up to ninety thousand li; it flies for six months, and then it rests.”

Heat shimmers in the air like galloping horses,
dust floats like the morning mist,
and living creatures are blown about in the sky.

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