Visiting the Hermit

Whereabouts is the hermit, I ask a lad under the pines

He is away gathering herbs, the lad replies

Must be somewhere in this mountain

Only the clouds are too deep to be certain

~ Translated by Dot, from Jia Dao’s “Visiting the Hermit With no Luck,” written in the Tang dynasty

松下問童子
言師採藥去
只在此山中
雲深不知處

賈島 (唐代) <<尋隱者不遇>>