The Catastrophe

The dark, somber clouds have but a few days left

With the bitter cold fully over, spring now appears

Awakening, the sentient beings stand aghast at the things they see

Half of China Proper1 covered by sand and dust

Li Hongzhi
January 22, 2002

1 An ancient literary term (Zhong Yuan) often referring to China. In a strict sense it refers to the eastern river basins of China.

(Translator's Note: The translation is subject to improvement to be closer to the original text. Latest update: February 27, 2002)

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