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.

by Li Po

Comments (39)

花间一壶酒,独酌无相亲。举杯邀明月,对影成三人。月既不解饮,影徒随我身。暂伴月将影,行乐须及春。我歌月徘徊,我舞影零乱。醒时相交欢,醉后各分散。永结无情游,相期邈云汉。
classic. how I love moon poems. this is extraordinary piece. never alone! ...always make the best of every moment you have
........nicely penned, I feel if One love's One self, .... then One will be happy alone with One self...yet if One doesn't love One self...how can One expect others to love, and wish to spend time with One ★
Nice poem, I too accompany myself and feel at home when away from crowd. Solitude is something that accompany someone willingly and unwilling and you have no option except to enjoy that company.
This beautiful poem reminds me of 'Rubaaiyat of Omar Khaiyyam'. I wish every individual could feel and have the same unison with nature. Thanks for sharing this lovely poem.
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