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.

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水调歌头
苏轼 (苏东坡)

明月几时有?把酒问青天。
不知天上宫阙,今夕是何年?
我欲乘风归去,又恐琼楼玉宇,高处不胜寒。
起舞弄清影,何似在人间?

转朱阁,低绮户,照无眠。
不应有恨,何事长向别时圆。
人有悲欢离合,月有阴晴圆缺,此事古难全。
但愿人长久,千里共婵娟。

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