A Prayer for the Bridge of Magpies
On the seventh day
of the seventh month,
that the sky is bright and gay
for the lovers to see each other
on the bridge of magpies
after a year-long-wait.
The seventh day of the seventh month in a lunar calendar (around August) is the Weaver Festival in Eastern Asia. It is derived from a Chinese legend about the love of the Weaver and the Herdsman, represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively. Because of their love, the Weaver neglected her work on clothes for the gods while the Herdsman neglected his cattle. As a result, the Heavenly Emperor punished them by putting the two stars on two opposite sides of the Milky Way, decreeing that they should be allowed to meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month, when a charm of heavenly magpies use their wings to form a bridge that the lover stars can use to be with each other. However, the magpies will not make the bridge unless it is a clear night. If it rains, the lovers must wait until next year. On this festive occasion, poems are written in dedication to the two starry lovers, and women pray to the Weaver for skill in weaving, sewing, music, poetry, and other arts.
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Just beautiful! Thanks for the note of information. Fascinating!
Thank you for dropping by 🙂 , Sylvia. I have just read your today’s poem and love it.
Nice title and a mysterious little poem. It works!
Thank you for reading and commenting on my little poem. I did my best to keep my prayer short 🙂
Some years ago I wrote a persona poem based on this story, from the perspective of the Weaver. I love the story, and I love your poem! <3
I love that you wrote about this story. I wish to read your poem. Is there away? When I was a child I was always worried if she could see her lover around that time of the year. Maybe I still am.
Your prayer, story, words captured my attention and held it. Thanks…
So lovely and fascinating! Bravo! I, too, will pray for a clear night:)