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2 Comments Up & Away - 2009-10-03 22:50:41

Today is the Moon Festival, also named Mid-Autumn Festival. I don't have any photos of the moon to post, but I'd like to keep a perfect poem from my favorite Chinese ancient poet Su Shi (蘇軾; 1037 – 1101; in Song Dynasty) here. And later this beautiful poem was sung by my favorite Taiwanese singer, Teresa Teng (鄧麗君; 1953-1995).

Prelude to the Melody of Water (水調歌頭 by Su Shi)

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 tonight.

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 moonlit 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.

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