Harsh Moon Over Riyadh, 1992
In the night sky, full Autumn moon
Casts shadows as I watch for rabbit
Busy pounding his rice-cakes.
No other near to share the moment
Nor another cup nearby for company;
Rabbit moon is mine alone tonight.
Full and bright, moon fills the sky
With cold and distant light, just as my
Heart is filled with muted longing.
I would be elsewhere to enjoy this
But all around is restless sand, blowing
Small storms through my thoughts.
Love for me is scattered in many mirrors,
But none are here to catch and hold
Clear moonlight reflections as I drink.
Chang'e will be there to smile once more
When peace and love next fill my spirit
As the wine and moon-cakes fill me now.
Full Autumn moon over Arab desert!
How empty it feels to lack the comfort
Of soft flesh and long ebony hair tonight.