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 October 9, 2017 Stacie Eirich

Originally posted September 1, 2016 


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 such lovely inspiration! 🙂

Thank you for visiting Space to Dream! Have a musical day.

Nature Inspired: To Autumn

As summer fades to autumn — my feet, mind, heart & pen have been inspired by nature’s beauty. Here are some of the photos I’ve taken on walks, stopping to capture quiet moments in the sunlight.

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While I have written short poems for some, I don’t feel the need for words with all of them or to share them in this post. Sometimes, it is enough just to look and listen, experiencing the moment in feelings rather than words.

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img_1987I hope you enjoy my moments, and that you also find time in your autumn days to soak in nature’s magnificence.

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Listen to John Keats’ To Autumn — written in September of 1819, it moves through the season from warmth to cold, blossoming to dying. His poem speaks of the beauty in nature’s cycle, and in life.

Copyright Stacie Eirich September 29, 2017 

Originally posted October 2, 2016