Mei Yao-ch'en - Lunar Eclipse
Type of Spiritual Experience
Mei Yao-ch'en (From Wikipedia)
Mei Yao-ch'en (1002–1060) was a poet of the Song dynasty. He was one of the pioneers of the "new subjective" style of poetry which characterized Song poetry. He was a prolific poet, with around 3000 works extant.
A description of the experience
A maid comes running into the house
talking about things beyond belief;
about the sky all turned to blue glass,
the moon to a crystal of black quartz.
It rose a full ten parts round tonight,
but now it’s just a bare sliver of light.
My wife hurries off to fry roundcakes,
and my son starts banging on mirrors:
it’s awfully shallow thinking, I know
but that urge to restore is beautiful.
The night deepens. The moon emerges
then goes on shepherding stars West.