Autumn Kessei 2017 Week 6
by tendo zenji
Autumn night, setting moon
Poised low in emptiness, a radiant moon
glistens incandescent in a drop of dew.
Trying to settle in, magpies startle away.
Fireflies float through open blinds, cold
shadow sparse in courtyard scholar-trees.
Fulling-stick rhythms tighten next door.
How will we ever meet in a land so vast?
Lingering out emptiness, I gaze and gaze.
-Meng Hao-jan (689-740)
translated by David Hinton in The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-jan