Intelligence: Su Dong-Po

Su Shi

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 Dong-Po, also called Su Shi. January 8, 1037 – August 24, 1101

You need to follow the link to find out why this poor poet is so grumpy. Unless you know already, of course!

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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