Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | October 28, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: Shui Tiao Ko Tou

by Su Tung-po (1037 – 1101).


Shui Tiao Ko Tou


Will a moon so bright ever arise again?

Drink a cupful of wine and ask of the sky.

I don’t know where the palace gate of heaven is,

Or even the year in which tonight slips by.

I want to return riding the whirl-wind! But I                       5

Feel afraid that this heaven of jasper and jade

Lets in the cold, its palaces rear so high.

I shall get up and dance with my own shadow.

From life endured among men how far a cry!                  


Round the red pavilion                                                             10

Slanting through the lattices

Onto every wakeful eye,

Moon, why should you bear a grudge, O why

Insist in time of separation so  fill the sky?                          

Men know joy and sorow, parting and reunion;                   15

The moon lacks lustre, brightly shines; is all, is less.

Perfection was never easily come by.

Though miles apart, could men but live for ever

Dreaming they shared this moonlight endlessly!             



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