Bai (Li Bo) is one of the most celebrated Chinese poets
living during the crucial turning
point of the mighty Tang Dynasty, which is also considered
as a major turning point in the course of the Chinese civilisation.
At the time, the emperor's most favoured wife and the best
performing artist of the day gained extreme influence over
the kingdom's public affairs. With her ambitious and greedy
brother serving as the premier, the country suffered rampant
corruption and the ceaseless power struggle, that led to
a military mutiny in year 755. By then, Chinese people
were so fed up with the premier's family, and even the
emperor's escort troops refused
to stand by the court (拒绝和朝廷保持一致). The political crisis
was only temporarily resolved after the premier, along
with his family which included the emperor's wife, were
all put to death.
It was in a time of a bubble
prosperity and superficial
harmony leading up to that chaotic period when Li Bai
composed his world famous short poem Thoughts in the Quiet
Before my bed a flood of
Can it be a pool of frost white?
Looking up, I find the moon bright;
Bowing, I feel homesick at night.
1,267 years later, a new political crisis is brewing and
turning point for Chinese civilization is looming, thus
a new incarnation of Li Bai composed a new version of new
Thoughts in the Quiet Night:
Before my bed a flood of light,
Can it be a pool of pesticide?
Looking up, I find the celestial single eye,
Bowing, I pound how to frame up Bo Xilai.