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Amidst The Flowers A Jug Of Wine

Rating: 2.9
Amidst the flowers a jug of wine,
I pour alone lacking companionship.
So raising the cup I invite the Moon,
Then turn to my shadow which makes three of us.
Because the Moon does not know how to drink,
My shadow merely follows the movement of my body.
The moon has brought the shadow to keep me company a while,
The practice of mirth should keep pace with spring.
I start a song and the moon begins to reel,
I rise and dance and the shadow moves grotesquely.
While I'm still conscious let's rejoice with one another,
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* Sunprincess * 17 March 2014
.....a lovely scene with beautiful imagery...
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The moon, the shadow Both true friends are When there be none to toast In times when happiness is far.....
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Hardik Vaidya 17 March 2013
The most brilliant poems I have ever read and it is so refreshing, it brakes all stereotypes, I am humbled beyond words and expression. A man from the orient could write with such sensitivity and such depth, marvellous. Starting with the flowers and then connecting with a jug of wine, leaping to ones shadow as an Independant being and then the moon as a participant, so fresh thinking, so wild, so magnetic, it is ancient in its roots and so modern in its feel, like a young woman, dressed to reveal and yet her eyes conceal.
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Martin Lara 05 January 2013
Midnight wine- moon shadows dancing tai chi with my wife
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Esmenio Galera 17 March 2012
I like this poem. It brings me to places where I am alone. Sometimes I drink wine alone, and I enjoyed more when my companions talk on diverse things going to nothing. This is a poem of all times.
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ian Hathaway 17 March 2012
I would like to say that i enjoyed the poem, and furthermore Straw's mild adaptation made it a little easier to feel and understand what was trying to be portrayed. Words may be substituted when translated because what word works in one language may not fit the emotion in another. Thusly Olivarez, i feel that although Straw could easily have chosen kinder words to explain, he is right. Side note the K is by the L on almost all keyboards so he likely typed in a rush to post and move on, not noticing his mild mistake.
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Smoky Hoss 17 March 2012
Can anyone explain why Mr. Straw (who certainly appears to be a fine poet) seems so angry, so often? Does the sun refuse to shine into his window upon the world?
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Ink 17 March 2012
hmm, I'm sure I read a translation of this that flowed heaps better
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Mohammad Akmal Nazir 07 June 2011
Fine poem having conventional ideas of wine drinking. Full of rapture and ecstacy. Though the translation is a bit jerky yet it coveys the central theme of the poem successfully.
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Juan Olivarez 17 March 2011
UHH I't's Olivarez Mr. Great critic, not Okivarez.
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