Ho Xuan Huong
Questions for the Moon

How many thousands of years have you been there?
Why sometimes slender, sometimes full?

How old is the White Rabbit?
How many children belong to Moon-Girl?

Why do you circle the purple loneliness of night
and seldom blush before the sun?

Weary, past midnight, who are you searching for?
Are you in love with these rivers and hills?

Found In Volume 29, No. 05
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Ho Xuan Huong
About the Author

Ho Xuan Huong was a Vietnamese poet who was born in 1772 and grew up through a time of social and political turmoil. She is considered one of Vietnam’s greatest poets, having helped to establish Vietnamese as a literary language in Vietnam’s literature.