Late Night (after Li Po)

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The moon smiles upon my bed.
I consider frost and ice,
and raising my head, the bright sky.
Lying back, I think of home.

 

Once again, I’ve attempted to shiver myself into a timeless piece. I can only hope that my version does not offend.

 

The transliteration from Chinese-Poetry.com follows:

Bed before bright moon shine
Think be ground on frost
Raise head view bright moon
Lower head think home

 

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This originally appeared here in March 2014.

8 thoughts on “Late Night (after Li Po)

  1. I can’t recall if I ever mentioned that this was the poem I had to memorize and recite for my first final Mandarin oral exam in college. Your translation is fine enough that I might memorize that too. Who knows what party will compel me to regale friends or strangers with both. 🙂

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