My mind is like a jade jar of ice

by Wu Cailan

English version by Thomas Cleary
Original Language Chinese

My mind is like a jade jar of ice,
Never invaded by even half a mote of dust.
Though the jade jar be obscured without,
I pay no mind at all --
On the terrace of Immortals,
I climb straight to the highest level.

-- from Immortal Sisters: Secret Teachings of Taoist Women, Edited by Thomas Cleary

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