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Jade Li’s Haikai Challenge #158: Harvest Moon (meigetsu) and dVerse OLN — Chang’e

#Haiku Happenings #5: Jade Li’s latest #tanka for my current #Haikai Challenge!

Tao Talk


Moon Goddess

Milk skin, coal hair, her
silk robes once swished earthbound;
now moonlight grace shines down.
Mid-autumn Harvest honors
her with humble offerings.


From Traveling China Guide
Chang’e (Chang E) Flying to the Moon is the most widely told Mid-Autumn Festival legend. It is said that in ancient times, ten suns existed in the sky and the extreme heat made people’s lives very difficult. It was the hero Hou Yi, who, using his great strength, shot down nine of the ten suns. Later, Hou Yi married a beautiful and kind-hearted woman named Chang E and lived a happy life.

One day, the Queen of Heaven presented Hou Yi an elixir which, if took, would help him to ascend immediately to heaven and become a god. Hou Yi took it home and asked Chang E to keep it. Unfortunately, a villain named Pengmeng got to know this, broke into…

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