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Mid-Autumn Festival 2022



I wish everyone 中秋节快乐! Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! A time for family reunion, for celebrating the autumn harvest with the full moon on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, a most joyous and festive of occasions.


This is a poem describing the mid-autumn full moon by Song Dynasty Poet Li Pu (1063-1127):


Mid-Autumn*

A bright spirit in the sky a jeweled mirror rising
silences the music of immortals in the clouds
a perfect wheel at the height of autumn
shines for a thousand miles on a never-ending path
the clever hare falls off its rim
the ugly toad stays out of sight
let's go together on a magic raft
the next time the Silver River [Milky Way] is clear.

中秋


皓魄当空宝镜升,云间仙籁寂无声;

平分秋色一轮满,长伴云衢千里明;

狡兔空从弦外落,妖蟆休向眼前生;

灵槎拟约同携手,更待银河彻底清。


*translated by Red Pine 赤松