DREAM OF FAME
Twenty-five summers since I wrote these poems, Han-shan,
Inspired by the pedestrian style that shunned the forms and fashions
Of the Tang Dynasty you were living in, abandoned on rocks,
On cliff faces that you passed by in your wanderings. Unlike you,
I must admit that all these years I’ve craved fame and found none.
Now the lyric flights that rose from my dreams have flown away. I’m left
Barren, abandoned, old master, limping along with unanswered questions.
Did you dream of fame as I did, and why did your thoughts turn to stone?
The reference to stone comes from the fact that no one knows who Hanshan was and by the fact that "his poems were written on rocks in the mountains he called home." Quotation from Wikipedia.