Li Po

(701-762 / Chu / Kazakhstan)

Alone And Drinking Under The Moon

Poem by Li Po

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.


Comments about Alone And Drinking Under The Moon by Li Po

  • Ridley (8/26/2019 11:52:00 AM)

    The world is going through turbulence....and this poem proves it admirably(Report)Reply

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  • Victor (8/26/2019 11:51:00 AM)

    The helplessness of people beautifully brought out(Report)Reply

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  • Jones (8/26/2019 11:50:00 AM)

    Excellent ironic expressions(Report)Reply

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  • G . S. Gundu (8/26/2019 11:48:00 AM)

    Oh Oh......... Oh(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (4/12/2019 10:47:00 AM)

    Perfect use of description by the talented poet.(Report)Reply

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  • Padmapadmapv (2/24/2019 4:10:00 AM)

    తెలుగు అనువాదo, కావాలి. Sir(Report)Reply

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  • Sanzeda S KSanzeda S K (7/27/2018 10:23:00 AM)

    One of my favorites. 3(Report)Reply

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  • LadyB (6/20/2018 5:10:00 PM)

    That’s dope(Report)Reply

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  • Mr. WHAT THE HECK (6/6/2018 12:53:00 AM)

    classic. how I love moon poems. this is extoradonary piece never alone! !(Report)Reply

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  • Anna Lin (3/15/2018 8:42:00 AM)

    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。(Report)Reply

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  • Akachukwu LekwauwaAkachukwu Lekwauwa (2/15/2016 11:45:00 PM)

    classic. how I love moon poems. this is extraordinary piece. never alone! ...always make the best of every moment you have(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (9/13/2015 10:32:00 PM)

    ........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 ★(Report)Reply

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  • Kinyua KaranjaKinyua Karanja (8/4/2015 8:42:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (12/19/2014 9:58:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajesh ThankappanRajesh Thankappan (12/19/2014 9:38:00 AM)

    Sometimes ideas can be our best friends and it is great a idea to have someone reliable like the moon and the shadow as friends.(Report)Reply

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  • Jeresi Katusime (12/19/2014 7:52:00 AM)

    The kind of loneliness expressed triggers no sadness but the poet tries to see to it that the aspect of human unreliability is exposed.Thus one cant feel sad for her because its needed seclusion she seeks deep in the night.beautiful piece.(Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (12/19/2014 1:16:00 AM)

    This is simply amazing piece with imagination at its best.......I love reading it time and again(Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (12/19/2014 12:19:00 AM)

    Absolutely the luna-tic poem. Imagery helps us to dance with the poet with moon and so many interesting touches spell of beauty. Absolute luna-tic beauty.(Report)Reply

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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (9/11/2014 5:23:00 PM)

    How different it is when an ordinary person talks to him/herself and a poet talks to him/herself. Poet while talking to the self, shares feelings with thousands of others, passionately. I like our style.(Report)Reply

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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (9/11/2014 5:23:00 PM)

    How different it is when an ordinary person talks to him/herself and a poet talks to him/herself. Poet while talking to the self, shares feelings with thousands of others, passionately. I like our style.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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