Standing Before You

Standing before you
I am the mouse before the rice jar
I am the bear before the tree, a hive full of honey high in the branches
I am the tiger ready to pounce on his food

But I am not a mouse
Not a bear
Also not a tiger
Standing before you
I am a pine tree bending before the wind, oh my dear!

Translated by Dào Kim Hoa and Joseph Duemer

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