To the Parrot
Do not complain of golden cage and wings cut short;
The southern land is far warmer than the northwest.
Don’t clearly speak if you listen to my exhort;
You will offend if clearly your complaint’s expressed.
This is a satire against clear complaint for fear of offence.
“To the Parrot” is a poem written by Luo Yin, a poet of the late Tang and Fifth Dynasties.
This poem is different from the usual poetic rendition of objects, but it uses a parrot to express his heart. The poem is about the author’s own situation; he expresses his sorrow by persuading the parrot to express his depression.