While reading Kong Linping’s 孔令平 memoir Bloody Chronicles 血纪 of his long imprisonment after the Great Leap Forward, I came across Kong’s quote of executed poet-statesman Tan Sitong‘s 1896 poem “My Feelings”. My translation below.
Nothing in this world can withstand the longing for Spring,
These longings join together until they reach the shadowy netherworld.
The tears of 400 million people combine,
Where o where on this earth can we find our divine China?
Tan Sitong’s poem My Feelings 有感 http://baike.baidu.com/view/6123746.htm