Drinking Alone by Li Po

I take my wine jug out among the flowers
to drink alone, without friends.

I raise my cup to entice the moon.
That, and my shadow, makes us three.

But the moon doesn't drink,
and my shadow silently follows.

I will travel with moon and shadow,
happy to the end of spring.

When I sing, the moon dances.
When I dance, my shadow dances, too.

We share life's joys when sober.
Drunk, each goes a separate way.

Constant friends, although we wander,
we'll meet again in the Milky Way.

by Li Po

Other poems by 'Li Po'

Alone And Drinking Under The Moon

Taking Leave of a Friend

Hard is the Journey

A Mountain Revelry

Good Old Moon

Alone Looking at the Mountain

Autumn River Song

About Tu Fu

Three—With the Moon and His Shadow

Quiet Night Thoughts

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