November 3, 2016

Pouring Myself Drinks Alone By Moonlight

Amid the flowers — a flask of wine 
I pour alone — no company
I raise my cup to invite the moon 
Then moon, my shadow and I are three
But no the moon knows not how to drink  
And my shadow does naught but follow me
Yet I quickly make friends of moon and shadow 
Enjoy what spring there may yet be
I sing — the moon just maunders on 
I dance —my shadow flails away
Still lucid — we share in common pleasure 
Blind drunk — each goes his separate way
Let us join to roam beyond all cares 
And meet afar in the Milky Way

--- Li Bai
Translated by A.Z. Foreman

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