The American Caliban (substitute) wrote,
The American Caliban
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Chinese Poem for Today

Families, when a child is born
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a Cabinet Minister.

Su Tung-p'o (Tr. Waley)
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