The Emperors built their paradise
but even paradise comes with its price.
They built a wall around themselves,
never venturing out, never seeing their peasants picking their rice.
And anyone who tried to venture in
was killed on sight.
Even history fades away
their old textbooks read as irony
and even the Forbidden City was taken away
by those who killed to get inside its walled paradise.
And now an image of Mao hangs above the the walkway
and for less than 100 yuan, you can rent an audio guide
to take you through what was once
The Forbidden City.