In this country we can only stay in hibernation

But winter has come too soon
Our trees begin to dry

We do not have any more nourishment
So our hair is frozen

and has turned gray
by the snow of years

Our skin
looks like a field full of cracks

Winter is here
We are happy to stay in hibernation

The heart is tired
the blood also

Under the snow,
we remain in hibernation

— Li Bifeng

In 2012, dissident poet Li Bifeng was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was previously imprisoned for five years for his pro-democracy activism.

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