Autumn Scene [ 5] (Fan Chengda, [1126–1193])

Jars of millet and beans
stored till the house is full -
I might as well let getting drunk
be my occupation.
Who knows if the newly-brewed wine
will be ready to offer
this year, on Double Nine Day,
when chrysanthemums bloom.

[First chill of autumn, in Fan’s time traditional
for male friends to go climbing hills and viewing
chrysanthemums while enjoying wine;
and often sprinkling petals into the wine.]

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