Saturday, December 26, 2015

moonlit night

moonlit night

 for Sheila

tonight the moon shines down on Fuzhou:
in her chamber she watches it, alone—

far away, I pity our children, so small:
they have no memory of Chang’an—

her perfumed cloud-soft hair’s damp with mist:
in clear light her white jade arms shiver—

when will we lean together by open curtains
as moonlight dries all trace of our tears?


Jack Hayes
© 2015
based on Du Fu:
yuè yè

Image links to its source on Wiki Commons:

Tang Dynasty Tomb Painting
Public domain

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