Tuesday, October 11, 2011


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

Po Chu-i (772--846)
from World Poetry
Arthur Waley, trans.

I wonder what kind of cage our society uses today. What takes the place of those stout bars?


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