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51st Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 51st Virtual Poetry Circle.

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Let’s return to a classic poet.  Li Po is one of the most well-known Chinese poets:

Alone and Drinking Under the Moon

Amongst the flowers I
am alone with my pot of wine
drinking by myself; then lifting
my cup I asked the moon
to drink with me, its reflection
and mine in the wine cup, just
the three of us; then I sigh
for the moon cannot drink,
and my shadow goes emptily along
with me never saying a word;
with no other friends here, I can
but use these two for company;
in the time of happiness, I
too must be happy with all
around me; I sit and sing
and it is as if the moon
accompanies me; then if I
dance, it is my shadow that
dances along with me; while
still not drunk, I am glad
to make the moon and my shadow
into friends, but then when
I have drunk too much, we
all part; yet these are
friends I can always count on
these who have no emotion
whatsoever; I hope that one day
we three will meet again,
deep in the Milky Way.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles, check them out here. It’s never too late to join the discussion.

  • Serena – I just wanted to thank you again for putting together a wonderful blogger dinner! The food and conversation were fabulous, and I know I really enjoyed meeting you, Alyce and ‘Kritter.’ *grin* Take care!
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  • Great poem! There’s definitely an element of sadness and loneliness in this one. For me, it seems to convey a message of wanting to embrace being alone but not quite knowing how.
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  • I really enjoy this poem more each time I read it. It’s one of my favorites. There is a deep sadness in his lines about how the moon and his shadow are his only friends, but he’s still happy that he has them. I think its a testament to how we should each be grateful for what we do have and not worry so much about what we do not.

  • What a beautiful poem! It’s sad that his only friends were the moon and his shadow, but well, at least that comforted him.
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  • bookworm

    I really like this poem. Theres something sad about it, ‘Amongst the flowers I
    am alone with my pot of wine drinking by myself;’…but the image of the moon and her shadow, its almost hopeful. Thanks for sharing!
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