Mao Tse-tung: “Reply to Comrade Kuo Mo-jo”

Proletarians of all countries, unite!
There is one goal, the conquest of power!

REPLY TO COMRADE KUO MO-JO:
INSCRIPTION ON A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY COMRADE LI CHIN

Mao Tse-tung
17.11.1961

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The Red Flag

REPLY TO COMRADE KUO MO-JO

a lu shih

A thunderstorm burst over the earth,
So a devil rose from a heap of white bones.
The deluded monk was not beyond the light,
But the malignant demon must wreak havoc.
The Golden Monkey wrathfully swung his massive cudgel
And the jade-like firmament was cleared of dust.
Today, a miasmal mist once more rising,
We hail Sun Wu-kung, the wonder-worker.

KUO MO-JO‘S POEM

ON SEEING THE MONKEY SUBDUES THE DEMON

a lu shih

Confounding humans and demons, right and wrong,
The monk was kind to foes and vicious to friends.
Endlessly he intoned „The Incantation of the Golden Hoop“,
And thrice he let the White Bone Demon escape.
The monk deserved to be torn limb from limb;
Plucking a hair means nothing to the wonder-worker.
All praise is due to such timely teaching,
Even the Pig grew wiser than the fools.