First, you must pilgrimage to Zhongdia county in China
where the poet Tao Yuanming of the Jin Dynasty (265–420) described Shangri-La
in his work
The Tale of the Peach Blossom.
But that is only the first stage
of your perilous journey.
Many are the obstacles and guardians
to this fabled realm.
The lazy attempt to reach it through
the Diqing Shangri la Airport in Yunan China
but where their plane lands
is not their desired destination,
for the lazy and selfish do not attain
their souls' desire.
No, only those hearts who forget reward
in their quest to ease the suffering of even the least of all things ...
suddenly take an unexpected bend
in life's crooked trail,
and finally see the gateway to fabled Shangri la,
the end of their struggles,
the beginning of their journey to enlightenment.
Here's wishing you find your own