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"One of the best known poems that Li Bai is remembered for is his poem “To the Moon” (静夜思) (which is only 20 words long) and its descriptive of nature while the wandering poet reveals his longing for his home.
Seeing the moonlight in front of my bed – I took it for frost on the ground! Lifting my head to watch the bright moon, I thought of hometown when I bent my head
The round shape of full moon in Chinese culture has many meanings, including unity, closeness, completeness, healthy, peaceful, and immortality. The moon was seen as a symbol of protection. The image of a full moon rising over the river is also an appropriate one for public health. The circle represents completeness or wholeness, which is the goal of public health. "
Kimberly Burnham, PhD, Spokane Poet