Autumn Moon-Song

Autumn Moon-Song

Song of the Moon Fairy
Chang’e , Chinese goddess of the Moon

Fingers flex, shaping the notes on taut strings

curving them nimbly across their silken lengths

bending into the rounded shape of the lute’s body

leaning, plucking faster in anticipation of celebration

sounds vibrating gently through the air, floating upwards.

From her ethereal home in the clouds, the Moon Goddess listens

sweet, round mooncakes and bejeweled pastries lay upon an altar

awaiting her to bless the people gathered below.

Gracefully, she flies down to earth

bestowing eternal beauty upon her worshippers

as the lute musicians fingers nimbly play a skillful tune

announcing her like the light of colourful, glowing lanterns

floating in the sky amongst the clouds

under the dazzling light of the Autumn Moon.

Copyright September 1, 2016 Stacie Eirich


The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (or Harvest Festival) is an ancient festival that is still celebrated in China today, paying homage to Chang’e, mythological Goddess of the Moon. Read more about the festival and Chang’e’s tale here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival

Below is a video mix of both technically & stylistically beautiful Ruan music — particularly “Sleeping Lily” and “Folk Song.” The Ruan is a Chinese string instrument, a modern form of the Lute/Moon Guitar. Soloist Gao Huiru plays a medium sized Ruan here — a tenor Zhongruan with string tuning: G2-D3-G3-D4.

Today’s poem is written in response to a wonderful article and writing prompt @Toads: Artistic Interpretations with Margaret – The Mets Musical Instruments Exhibit  I hope you’ll have time to enjoy her article and listen to some of the beautiful instruments & read their fascinating histories. Thank you Margaret for musical inspiration! 🙂

Author: seirich

I’m a mother, writer & dreamer living north of New Orleans, La. I love writing, music, theater, travel and my family. I’ve written and published four books of poetry and a children’s novel: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. I’m now working on a second children’s novel.

8 thoughts on “Autumn Moon-Song”

  1. “as the lute musicians fingers nimbly play a skillful tune
    announcing her like the light of colourful, glowing lanterns’…. your poem and the video was beautiful – thank you!

  2. How beautiful! This is my favorite part:
    “From her ethereal home in the clouds, the Moon Goddess listens
    sweet, round mooncakes and bejeweled pastries” … as if that’s what she’s made of … or what her ears are made of 🙂

  3. I love your imaginative approach to this prompt. Such a beautiful image of the lute playing strumming a song to the moon.

  4. I have read so many moon poems lately… this one sings (I actually thought the moon would play a sitar in a poem I wrote yesterday)… the connection to the mid autumn festival is so nice… but I have to admit I do think that mooncakes are nicer to look at than to eat.

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