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Mooncake Day

A poem about traditions

By Lucy Dan (she/her/她)Published 3 years ago 1 min read
Mooncake Day
Photo by Huong Ho on Unsplash

Space travel?

I don’t need that.

Once a year

we pluck the moon from the skies

wrapped up like a pastry,

a bite of sweet and savoury.

Is it true how

Seung Ngo (嫦娥) the moon lady,

how her greed taught her how to fly?

How can she truly be as lonely

as the poems claim,

if the moon rabbit is there with her?

Is it true that mooncakes

helped spread word of a revolution?

I must have mixed

a thousand myths in my child brain.

Recounting the true original stories

is now a festival of lantern riddles of its own.

Time travel,

maybe that’s what I need,

to relive these traditions,

to relearn these stories.


Lucy (The Eggcademic)’s favourite Chinese holiday is probably Mid-Autumn’s Festival (中秋節), which she endearingly calls Mooncake day.

This piece was first published here.

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Lucy Dan (she/her/她)

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