Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Words of Advice from a 9th c. Poet

Go ahead stockpile rhino horns
Wear tiger eyes if you want
Use a peach branch to drive away evil
Use garlic cloves as beads
Warm your belly with dogwood wine
Lighten your heart with wolfberry soup
Still you can’t escape your end
Trying to live forever is vain.
—Han Shan


Han Shan, the hermit poet and namesake of this site, wrote this poem in the 9th century yet its message rings true today:


About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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