24 June 2007

Ancient and modern

Words on bamboo slips
Master Kong and Master Mo
with care indited;

then we read their thoughts
on cheap pulp paper in books
they did not dream of.

Today we watch the
pixels of their old wisdom
crossing the thin screen

and we think ourselves
wise and sophisticated
unlike those beggars.

Are we the better
for all of this mass knowledge
or just deluded?

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