every single thing is many

reading won’t save us from death
and reading won’t free us from want
then why do we like to be literate
the literate lord it over others
if a grown man can’t read
where can he live in peace
squeeze garlic juice in your crowfoot*
and you’ll forget it’s bitter

-#204, The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain,
tr. Red Pine

*Chinese medicinal herb

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