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Searching for the Ox

First Ox-Herding Picture: Searching for the Ox


You aimlessly push grasses aside in search.
The rivers are wide, the mountains far away,
and the path becomes long.

Exhausted and dispirited,
you hear only the late autumn cicadas
shrilling in the maple woods.

—from the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures and Verses