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THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 17, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Hundred-foot trees produced by heaven
Last Line: It still could prop up a stable
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Lumber & Lumbering; Trees; Woodsmen


Hundred-foot trees produced by Heaven
get sawed into giant planks
unfortunate building timber
gets left in a hidden valley
its heart stays strong despite the years
its bark falls off day after day
if some astute person took it away
it still could prop up a stable





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