In youth I could not do what everyone else didby T'ao Ch'ien
Original Language Chinese
In youth I could not do what everyone else did;
It was my nature to love the mountains and hills.
By mistake I got caught in the dusty snare,
I went away and stayed for thirteen years.
|Sunflower Splendor: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Poetry||The Selected Poems of T'ao Ch'ien|