Drinking Alone in the Moonlight – Li Po


Beneath the blossoms with a pot of wine,
No friends at hand, so I poured alone;
I raised my cup to invite the moon,
Turned to my shadow, and we became three.
Now the moon had never learned about drinking,
And my shadow had merely followed my form,
But I quickly made friends with the moon and my shadow;
To find pleasure in life, make the most of the spring.

Whenever I sang, the moon swayed with me;
Whenever I danced, my shadow went wild.
Drinking, we shared our enjoyment together;
Drunk, then each went off on his own.
But forever agreed on dispassionate revels,
We promised to meet in the far Milky Way.

 

This poem can be found in the volume, The Selected Poems of Li Po.

Think about what the poem made you feel. Did you catch yourself looking skyward? Could you picture the shadow dance?

May you live out another beautiful poem in the collection of your life today, and we’ll see you tomorrow.

 

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