' The known and unknown '...

Pei owned a bird that
He wanted to set free.

He opened its door
But the bird did not move.

Wu Hsin told Pei
A caged bird is not freed merely by
Opening the door.

Until the fear of the unknown subsides,
Until the desire arises
To fly away,

The bird remains where it is,
Preferring the known
To the unknown.

~ Wu Hsin

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