Mount Phang Xi Pang.


Sky with its mists and cloud seethes down and vanishes among mountains, while mountains in turn vanish into that mist and cloud, only to reappear churning up into the sky

David Hinton (2012)

David Hinton is exploring the concept of ‘sincerity’. His metaphor is taken from a contrast in nature that seems palpable enough: rock and vapour, but which, from a different point of view, evaporates as these elements intermingle and blend. So with thoughts and the external world, usually such different entities, but which in sincerity become a unity. We are sincere when our words and actions are as one. Sincerity is a true correspondence between inside and outside. Between the heart of a poem and its words. Between the words and the thoughts. Between my thoughts and my words. Between you and me.


This image was taken from the road between Lai Châu and Sa Pa in north-western Vietnam looking up at Phăng Xi Păng which stands at 3,148 metres, and is the highest peak on mainland South-East Asia. David Hinton (1954 - ) is a translator and Poet. His book ‘Hunger Mountain’ is published by Shambhala. The book begins with sincerity pp 3-6.


Saturday 6th
October 2018

Murphy on duty

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