August 25, 2008
Repression in China
Sent as a present from Annam,
A red cockatoo.
Coloured like the peach-tree blossom,
Speaking with the speech of men.
And they did to it what is always done,
To the learned and eloquent.
They took a cage with stout bars,
And shut it up inside.
Tang Dynasty poet, Po Chu-I (772 – 846AD)