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China and the Harvest Moon
October 5, 2009, 10:28 am
Filed under: Photography, Poetry | Tags: , , , ,

 

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This past Saturday was the Mid-Autumn Festival (or Moon Festival, 中秋节) in the Chinese calendar. To celebrate, I selected three beautiful works of Chinese poetry on the subject of fall.

 

Midnight Song of the Seasons: Autumn Song
Southern Dynasties Yuefu (unattributed)

midnight 

 

 

 

The autumn wind enters through the window,
The gauze curtain starts to flutter and fly.
I raise my head and look at the bright moon,
And send my feelings a thousand miles in its light.

Autumn Air
Li Bai

Autumn Air 

 

 

 

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The autumn air is clear,
The autumn moon is bright.
Fallen leaves gather and scatter,
The jackdaw perches and starts anew.
We think of each other- when will we meet?
This hour, this night, my feelings are hard.

Mid-Autumn Moon
Su Shi

mid-autumn moon 

 

 

 

The sunset clouds are gathered far away, it’s clear and cold,
The Milky Way is silent, I turn to the jade plate.
The goodness of this life and of this night will not last for long,
Next year where will I watch the bright moon?

Poetry source. Moon photo by by jmtimages on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

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Beautiful photo of the moon. It was so amazing here the other night.
🙂

Comment by jenitreehugger




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