The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival and corresponding to the Harvest Moon in the West, falls this year on October 1. Lanterns in the Autumn Dark Mid-Autumn's guests head homeward, in the night, Beneath the sphere that mirrors daytime's glow. In silver hues of air, distinct shapes grow And fill their eyes, which map what route is right... Amid surroundings of vast thought, their bright, Round lanterns carry back lost sunbeams' flow, Rekindled from the joy to help all know Lives' purpose, weight and place, revealed in light. The group treads through the fallen leaves. It seems Each shape, each hue’s unclear, but they adapt And show the moonbeams’ angle that can guide Our learning of what’s true and what's mere dreams. As they recall the path that daylight mapped, The moon retraces scenes the dark would hide. Learning from a Grapevine While looking out the window, I observe A world of teachings for the inner self. A vine now seems attention to deserve--- There’s food for thought on Nature’s every shelf. Its greenness gives a sense of youth of mind; Embracing sunlight, value it receives As when it sips the rain---with any kind Of weather it can bear, the vine perceives Each change and challenge as a chance to grow. When caught by winds, it bends but still hangs on: It’s never rigid but it won’t let go Of its support that’s there for each new dawn. Come Autumn, leaf by leaf it dies. A string Of life inside yet waits... rebirth in Spring. Daniel Magdalen is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, in Romania.