A poem from a Chinese prison

China is trying its best to ensure that its citizens don’t get to see imprisoned activist Liu Xiaobo being honored tomorrow with the Nobel Prize for his nonviolent pursuit of democracy. Not surprising. What’s more interesting is that nineteen other countries aren’t sending representatives to the ceremony. But what I find most interesting, and beautiful, is this poem, written by the recipient, who will be silently accepting his award in absentia, thousands of miles away from Norway, from the inside of a prison cell.


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