done with the world

by Yun-k'an Tzu

English version by Jerome P. Seaton
Original Language Chinese

done with the world
and pure
          as darkness
nothing to hold me
nothing restrain
the old guy here
within the grove
before blue cliffs the
                    moon's companion
mad and singing
drunk and dancing
smashed, polluted with the wine
of endless life

-- from Wine of Endless Life: Taoist Drinking Songs from the Yuan Dynasty, Edited by Jerome P. Seaton

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done with the world