Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Morning Reading: "Constant friends, although we wander"

Drinking Alone Under the Moon
-- Li Po

I take my wine jug out among the flowers
to drink alone, without friends.

I raise my cup to entice the moon.
That, and my shadow, makes us three.

But the moon doesn't drink,
and my shadow silently follows.

I will travel with moon and shadow,
happy to the end of spring.

When I sing, the moon dances.
When I dance, my shadow dances, too.

We share life's joys when sober.
Drunk, each goes a separate way.

Constant friends, although we wander,
we'll meet again in the Milky Way.


(with thanks to Larry Ruth.)


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the pairing of the photograph and poem. Both pull from the temporal beyond.

Thank you for this daily richness, Lisa.

the other L

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