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Drinking Alone

Rating: 3.5
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
Mohit Katyal 10 July 2017
this is an amazing poem.... inspired me a lot.. well done
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Minx 33 11 March 2017
this is beautifully relatable, i love this
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Sylvaonyema Uba 08 March 2017
But the moon doesn't drink Nicely communicated. Sylva A
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* Sunprincess * 13 September 2015
....so beautiful, love this version, also ?
5 4 Reply
Charity Nduhiu 10 September 2015
We have a lesson to learn here that we share life's joys when sober. Drunk, each goes a separate way. Wonderful
4 4 Reply
Elizabeth Padillo Olesen 10 November 2014
I find this poem so beautiful with very good images...
5 4 Reply
Elizabeth Padillo Olesen 10 November 2014
I find this very beautiful with beautiful harmonic images to the given theme. Keep on posting.
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Maya Hanson 05 April 2014
beautiful! ! ! I love it
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John S 01 April 2014
I love this poem! I would like to learn more about different styles of poems and different terminology. This poem is almost surreal. He's drinking with the moon, the flowers, and his shadow. He's enticing the moon with his ale. I guess it's called personification when you talk about the moon and your shadow like they're real people. This poem really takes you on a beautiful trip. The moon and his shadow are dancing together and having a splendid time, and when they part ways, they'll meet again in the milky way. Li Po would have been a fun guy to drink with.
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Richard Blay 30 March 2014
solitude! lovely one
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