Monday, September 12, 2011

中秋节快乐!


Thinking of You - a poem by the famous Chinese poet, Su Dong Po (aka Su Shi) written on the night of The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in 1076.

"Thinking of You"

When will the moon be clear and bright?
With a cup of wine in my hand, I ask the blue sky
I don't know what season it would be
In the heavens on this night
I'd like to ride the wind to fly home
Yet I fear the crystal and jade mansions are
Much too high and cold for me
Dancing with my moon-lit shadow
It does not seem like the human world

The moon rounds the red mansion
Stoops to silk-pad doors
Shines upon the sleepless
Bearing no grudge
Why does the moon tend to be full when people are apart?
People may have sorrow or joy, be near or far apart
The moon may be dim or bright, wax or wane
This has been going on since the beginning of time
May we all be blessed with longevity
Though far apart, we are still able to
share the beauty
of the moon together.

On the Mid Autumn Moon Festival of the year 1076,
I drank happily till dawn
and wrote this in my cups
while thinking of my brother Ziyou.

- Su Shi (Su Dong Po) 1076 A.D.

4 comments:

kenza said...

Beautiful!
We have been looking at the moon every night this week. Petit Caramel loves it! and always sends it kisses...
Happy mid-autumn festival!

Tamara said...

Beautiful. Love makes for nicer classic works in translation than almost any other subject does.

Make it Easy said...

ooh, last night was full moon! it was so wonderful to bask in it. me and my friend were dancing in my yard at like 10pm, enjoying the moonlight!
<3

My Castle in Spain said...

watching the moon always makes my heart sing especially if my boyfriend is not too far away..Have a beautiful autumn, dear Yoli...
Lala