Sunday, January 10, 2016

new moon

new moon

light from the slender crescent rising—
a slanting reflection: the Wheel not yet still

scarcely risen above the ancient fortress
already it’s hidden in towering clouds

the Milky Way hasn’t changed its aspect:
above border mountains the air’s chilled—

in the courtyard this season of White Dew
dark eclipses the round chrysanthemum blooms

Jack Hayes
© 2016
based on Du Fu:
chū yuè

Image taken from Wiki Commons
This is an altered (cropped) image based on the file foundat this link.
Nanjing Museum - Embroidery - Chrysanthemum: photo by Wiki Commons user Ecelan, who makes it available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Adaptation is allowed under this license provided the attribution & share-alike requirements are met.

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