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(712-770 / Gong County / China)

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Full Moon

Above the tower -- a lone, twice-sized moon.
On the cold river passing night-filled homes,
It scatters restless gold across the waves.
On mats, it shines richer than silken gauze.

Empty peaks, silence: among sparse stars,
Not yet flawed, it drifts. Pine and cinnamon
Spreading in my old garden . . . All light,
All ten thousand miles at once in its light!

Submitted: Saturday, May 26, 2001
Edited: Saturday, May 26, 2001


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  • Michelle Claus (4/2/2014 5:47:00 PM)

    beautiful meditation

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  • Ramesh Rai (4/2/2014 1:03:00 PM)

    I am so much attracted by the write of this great poet of seventh century that i need to read the original write.

  • Ukemiteh ishi (4/2/2014 1:01:00 PM)

    Imagine the world without poetry? I love this piece.

  • Tiku . (4/2/2014 6:00:00 AM)

    beautiful poem.liked the flow and rhyme.

  • Tim Stensloff (4/2/2012 9:39:00 PM)

    Tu Fu is an absolute master. It's criminal how underlooked he is in the Western literary world.

  • Daniel Hinkson (4/2/2011 11:39:00 AM)

    Captivating words of beauty

  • Terence George Craddock (4/2/2010 2:14:00 PM)

    'Above the tower - a lone, twice-sized moon.' Interesting, a China Moon, so surreal with implications, in translation, rich with original observed meaning.
    The moon draws out every possible landscape, every possible culture, as viewed from upon planet earth. It would be interesting to know the context of this poem. The tower, the gardens location?
    'Spreading in my old garden... All light,
    All ten thousand miles at once in its light! '

    And the context of the miles? I wonder which of the possibilities I consider is the closest. Any experts out there?

  • Gone Away (4/2/2010 7:18:00 AM)

    This is just beautiful....I am transported!

  • Joseph Poewhit (4/2/2010 4:57:00 AM)

    Amazing how the moon has captivated man's life. Inspiration from love Ecstasy to full moon omens of lunacy. Yet, GOD created it.

  • Ramesh T A (4/2/2010 2:41:00 AM)

    The panoramic view of Moon broadens on and on till the end of the poem! Quite interesting poem to read!

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