When you peer at far-off China, nine puffs of smoke:
And the single pool of the ocean has drained into a cup.
—Li Ho, from “A Dream of Heaven,” translated by A.C. Graham and collected in Poems of the Late T’ang
Many thanks to the photographer for supplying the apposite caption.
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