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Friday, July 29, 2011

The Same Moon Li Po and Du Fu Drank to?: A Haibun

I hold the glass to the light, and then tip it, checking color and density as it thins out towards the brim.

I take a deep drink, letting it surge through my mouth and send out the waves of loneliness across my shoulders and down my spine as I look out the window.

autumn moonlight
drips between the leaves...
another glass of wine

Published in Sketchbook, 6:3, May/June 2011

Note: Li Po and Du Fu have been regarded as two of the greatest Chinese poets. Li Po was part of the group called the "Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup", as mentioned in a poem by Du Fu.