This poem was first published in the Asia Literary Review in December 2010. It was translated from the Chinese by Zheng Danyi, Shirley Lee and Martin Alexander in September 2010. It featured with Charter 08 in the World-Wide Readings on the 20th March, organised by the Berlin Literature Festival and Authors for Peace. It was read in 34 countries and re-translated into fifteen other languages.


The photograph of the Goddess of Democracy in Tiananmen Square, taken on the 4th June 1989, the day of the massacre, is by Harry Mayesh.