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The Pitiful Young Prince

Hooded crows fly at night
over the walls of Chang'an,
uttering harsh cries
above Welcoming Autumn Gate,
then head for people's houses,
pecking at the lofty roofs,
roofs beneath which high officials
scurry to escape barbarians.
The golden whip is broken in two,
the nine horses are run to death,*
but it is still not possible
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Ross Curtin 28 April 2019
only the paranoid survive_ probably written during the chaos caused by the An Lushan Rebellion (755-763) ,
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