Chang Chiu-ling - Looking at the Moon and Longing for a Distant Lover
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Chang Chiu-ling (A.D. 673 - 740) - Looking at the Moon and Longing for a Distant Lover
A clear moon climbs over the sea;
To its farthest rim
the whole sky is glowing.
Lovers complain -- how endless is the night!
Their longing thoughts rise till the dawn.
I blow out the candle
to enjoy the clear radiance,
Slip on my clothes
for I feel the dew grow thick.
Since I cannot gather a handful of moonlight
to give you,
I shall go back to sleep
and hope to meet you in a dream!