Thursday, September 15, 2016

mid-autumn moon

mid-autumn moon

evening clouds gather brimming on the horizon: clear, cold—
the silver galaxy, silent, arcs above the white jade plate

this beautiful life this beautiful night are not long:
next year where will I watch the brilliant moon

Jack Hayes

© 2016
based on Su Shi: 中秋月
zhōng qiū yuè

Note: Just as our English term "midsummer" traditionally refers to the summer solstice, the mid-autumn festival (中秋节, zhōng qiū jié) falls on the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. 

Image links to its source on Wiki Commons:
Autumn landscape from the set: Autumn and Winter Landscapes (絹本著色秋景冬景山水図) by Emperor Huizong of Song dated to 12th century Southern Song Dynasty. Color on silk. Public domain.

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