Sunday, September 14

Happy Moon Festival!!


Today is the Moon Festival! Or, I guess if you're in China, it's the "Mid-Autumn" festival. It doesn't really seem like mid-autumn in St. George yet though. All I really know about the Moon Festival is that we eat Moon Cakes, but sadly, we have none this year . . . 

So . . . I'm going to post another poem! I know, I know . . . But, what better way to celebrate the Moon Festival than by reading amazingly old Chinese poetry about it? Plus, our fire alarm is broken and beeping so I can't sleep and had nothing better to do than look up poetry.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable Moon Festival and checks out the moon tonight!

"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.

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