Wish you Long Life and Happiness – poem by Su Shi
Translation by Frank Clifford Chan
"When will there be silver moon?” I raise a cupful of wine and address to the sky.
I don't know where is the palace of heaven, nor what year tonight slips by.
If I sail to the palace of heaven, I will be afraid of the divinity.
It’s cold so high above the sky. I would rather dance with my own shadow, and live “heavenly on earth”!
Around the pavilion, through the window, the moon shines onto my eye. I can’t sleep.
I should not be angry, but why should you (the moon) shine so bright and fully when my friend departs!
Human has joy and sorrow, departure and re-union; moon can be bright and dull, full and crescent. Perfection rarely appears in life.
All I can do is to wish each other a long life, and to share the beauty of this graceful moon while we are miles apart.