melting & burning

Prelude to the Water Melody – Su Shi
September 14, 2014, 8:15 pm
Filed under: poem

when will the full moon arrive
I raise a cup of wine and ask the grey skies.
this evening I wonder
what year is it in the celestial heavens?
I yearn to soar with the winds
yet I fear the jade pagoda and crystal chambers
for the lofty peak is defeated by the bitter cold.
rising to a dance that’s casting a distinct shadow
where in this mortal world!

circling red chambers
descending through latticed windows
shining upon the sleepless.
bearing no ill will
yet at partings, why is she full?
men has their sorrow, joy, farewells, and reunions
the moon has her darkness, brightness, wanings, and waxings
from a long time ago, life has never been perfect.
still I pray for the longevity of men
despite a thousand miles apart, we marvel at her beauty together.


苏轼 (苏东坡)




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