Drinking lonely with the moon
Author: Bai Li(AD701-AD762, Tang Dynasty)
Translator: Lei Fan 2016 in Chicago
Surrounded by flowers, holding a flagon, I drink lonely.
Raising the cup, toasting to the moon, adding my shadow make us three.
Moon can not drink, shadow just follows,
Alas! Then moon and shadow, myself, carpe diem!
I am chanting, with the moonlight wandering,
Dancing feverishly, my shadow tingling,
Let’s enjoy this unrestrained moment while I am awake,
but when drunken, we separate, I could not find neither of you.
How can I secure our friendship eternally?
I yearn to meander with you along the river of stellar.
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