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Alone And Drinking Under The Moon

Alone And Drinking Under The Moon

Amongst the flowers I
Am alone with my pot of wine
Drinking by myself; then lifting
My cup I asked the moon
To drink with me, its reflection
And mine in the wine cup, just
The three of us; then I sigh
For the moon cannot drink,
And my shadow goes emptily along
With me never saying a word;
With no other friends here, I can
But use these two for company;
In the time of happiness, I
Too must be happy with all
Around me; I sit and sing
And it is as if the moon
Accompanies me; then if I
Dance, it is my shadow that
Dances along with me; while
Still not drunk, I am glad
To make the moon and my shadow
Into friends, but then when
I have drunk too much, we
All part; yet these are
Friends I can always count on
These who have no emotion
Whatsoever; I hope that one day
We three will meet again,
Deep in the Milky Way.



Poem Alone And Drinking Under The Moon - Li Po