This particular poem pays homage to the Chinese holiday known as Mid-Autumn Festival, or also commonly known as Moon Festival, Lantern Festival, or Mooncake festival, and is also celebrated by many other Asian communities around the world. The myth behind the festival hails back to almost 3,000 years ago and tells the story of Houvi and Chang'e. In a nutshell, Chang'e swallows the pill of immortality given to Houvi as a gift by the Emperor Yao who was rewarding Houvi for saving the one son/sun he had left. The pill causes Chang'e to float up to the moon, where she is greeted by the Jade Rabbit who lives on the moon. Chang'e is not able to return to earth and commands the Jade Rabbit to pound out a new medicine/pill so that she can take it to help her return to earth to be reunited with her love, Houvi.

This myth of Houvi, Chang'e, and the Jade Rabbit is a myth I am particularly fond of because it really does capture the human necessity to explain the wonders of nature. That is, during a full moon, the dark areas to the top of the moon may be construed as the figure of a rabbit holding a mortar and pestle. I'll never forget when I first looked upon the moon and saw what my ancestors saw so long ago. The human imagination knows no boundaries. It IS the proverbial rabbit hole, and truly, that is fine by me because it just adds a layer of wonder to this whole experience of life. It truly is the land of wonderfilled.









The Lady and the Rabbit


On the moon tonight
Her hope shines as he works hard
On her way back home

Will he ever make
That sweet elixir that sends
Her back to love's arms?

She looks to the hare
His work seems steady and straight
But there she still waits

Up high in the sky
Eternally far from him
That love of her life

And hare knows this true
As he pounds and pounds away
As she sits hoping

But for lone hare too
She remains the only love
He has ever knew

Is then hare honest
With his mortar and pestle
Does he mix it right?

Or does this hare trick
To keep his lovely lady
Forever so near?

You can be the judge
But see now in the moonlight
Two great loves so very bright.