Only the Moon Can Bounce My Worry Back to You

Notes  prepared around the Mooncake Festival, 10 Sept, 2022


Song dynasty poet Su Shi, aka Dongpu, whose second, honorary name has been borrowed for a succulent dish of glazed pork rind, wrote of the Mooncake or Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhōngqiū Jié, 中秋).

“May we live long and share the beauty of the moon / together, even if we are hundreds of miles apart.”

This is something Nasrin and I experienced in 1989 during my first visit to Curaçao, the story of which I cast into a poem for her.


Barbara Tropp, Mastering the Art.


Su Shi – Poet Su Shi Poems

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水调歌头 (Water Music Song) by Su Shi / Su Tung-P’o

2 of the Most Famous Chinese Mid-Autumn Poems

蘇軾 水調歌頭 Translation: Water Song, by Su Shi (明月幾時有)

Mid-Autumn Moon – Mid-Autumn Moon Poem by Su Shi


An Introduction to Literary Chinese: Revised Edition (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Paperback – November 15, 2004

An Introduction to Chinese Poetry: from the Canon of Poetry to the Lyrics of the Song Dynasty (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center Press, 2017)