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Drinking Alone
Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar M.D., (14-2-1957 / Tamilnadu, India)

Drinking Alone

I take my wine jug out among the flowers
to drink alone, without friends.

I raise my cup to entice the moon.
That, and my shadow, makes us three.

But the moon doesn't drink,
and my shadow silently follows.

I will travel with moon and shadow,
happy to the end of spring.

When I sing, the moon dances.
When I dance, my shadow dances, too.

We share life's joys when sober.
Drunk, each goes a separate way.

Constant friends, although we wander,
we'll meet again in the Milky Way.

Li T'ai-po
tr. Hamil

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Comments (3)

GOD is one, call him by what name.....let us burn down narrow divisions and let us be the pioneer...if you wish in your neighborhood. why this prejudice? how true is it? not all in this secular state are like this.... I regret to know you have met if at all such partiality in this secular state..... let us become friends and make this world a better place to live in.....
I beleave we are all worshiping the same God. If this is true then does he not dislike us mistreating others who pray to him in other ways. Most of us say their is one God. Me must respect one another is we value our God. This old Kansas farmer likes your poem. Thank You
a very well expressed poem..excellent work