Poems of Meng Jiao
Golden sparrow dances overhead,
Relying on the landlord's tolerance.
If the landlord is suddenly heartless,
He buys a crossbow, shoots her down.
Why not fly off far away?
Chrysanthemums are just now blooming.
They drop their seeds where no men fight.
And having enough to eat is a treasure.
Don't look for the return of the grain cart.
Look for the crimes we have earned.
Golden sparrow, unable to speak, has
Asked me to pass on her words.
No mystery here. Just remember Meng Jiao is not talking about sparrows. Nor is he talking about Golden Sparrow, King Hu's last film for Shaw Brother's, marking the first appearance of a strong female character in Chinese martial arts films, and incidentally Jackie Chan's first film where he plays a little street urchin who sings in a beggars' chorus. Nor is he talking about the Golden Sparrow (a young Liu Yifei) in the much later Hidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Who he is talking about is left as an exercise for the reader.