The red cockatoo ..

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Nothing to do with mobile …

I have long supported individuality and freedom – and this poem is so touching.

I saw this wonderful poem on the London underground yesterday

The significance is – its written more than 1300 years ago! Some things don’t change sadly

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 : AD 772 – AD 840 Translated by Arthur Waley

Image source:

http://www.treknature.com/gallery/North_America/United_States/photo28372.htm