Monday, 11 April 2011

Red Cockatoo

A semi-epic treat for new readers: 'Cloudland' was published here in August 2010. You can get to it via the search box.

For the old guard here's another Chinese chopstick:

The Red Cockatoo

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 the eloquent.
They took a cage with stout bars
And shut it up inside.

Po Chü-I (772-846) trans: A Waley


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