Chuang Tzu Story - The Owl and the Phoenix

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  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    Hui Tzu was prime minister of Liang
    He had what he believed to be inside information
    That Chuang Tzu coveted his post,
    And was plotting to supplant him.

    When Chuang Tzu came to visit Liang,
    The prime minister send out police to arrest him,
    But although they searched for three days and nights,
    They could not find him.
    Meanwhile Chuang Tzu presented himself
    to Hui Tzu of his own accord, and said:

    “Have you heard about the bird
    that lives in the south –
    the phoenix that never grows old?

    “This undying phoenix rises out of the south sea
    and flies to the sea of the north:,
    never alighting except on certain sacred trees.
    He will touch no food
    but the most exquisite rare fruit,
    And he drinks only from the clearest springs.

    “Once an owl
    chewing an already half decayed rat
    saw the phoenix fly over.

    “Looking up he screeched with alarm
    and clutched the dead rat to himself
    in fear and dismay.

    “Prime minister,
    why are you so frantic,
    clinging to your ministry
    and screeching at me in dismay?”

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