Quiet Night Thoughts

Quiet Night Thoughts

Before my bed
bright moonlight
that seems
Like frost on the ground:

I lift my head
to watch the bright moon,
Lowering my head
I dream I am home.

Alone, looking at the Mountain

The birds have gone, all flown away;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We regard each other – and never tire
Just the mountain and I.

Homeless, exiled, I climb Sin-Ping tower.

Now late in the dying year,
The sun declining in the sky
The dark river flows gloomy and slow.

A cloud glides over the mountain  forests ;
Wild geese fly away downriver.
From here I see ten thousand miles,
But I see no end to my sorrows.

A Quiet Night Thought

Moonlight before my bed
Perhaps frost on the ground.
Lift my head and see the moon
Lower my head and pine for home.

Drinking Alone by Moonlight 


A cup of wine, under the flowering trees;


I drink alone, for no friend is near.


Raising my cup I beckon the bright moon,


For he, with my shadow, will make three men.


The moon, alas, is no drinker of wine;


Listless, my shadow creeps about at my side.


Yet with the moon as friend and the shadow as slave


I must make merry before the Spring is spent.


To the songs I sing the moon flickers her beams;


In the dance I weave my shadow tangles and break.


While we were sober, three shared the fun;


Now we are drunk, each goes his way.


May we long share our odd, inanimate feast,


And meet at last on the Cloudy River of the sky.

    Poems by Li Po. Translations by various persons, interpretations by me.


  • Spring Evening Banquet at the Peach and Pear Blossom Garden

About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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2 Responses to Quiet Night Thoughts

  1. Pilgrim33 says:

    I like the 1st one.


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