"Listen Doctor Wong,
You've got it all wrong.
No benefits are gained from 'Chinese medicine' concoctions."
Doctor: "Blue-eyes, I object. Counter, in effect. Our recipes are handed down through generations."
"Maybe as you say,
But Mao Zedong had his way,
in 1950 driving forward their popularisation."
"Young scientist, think you're hip?
Well, just you regain your grip!
To suggest political necessity and conniving motivation!"
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Part of the Ekphrasis Project (story inspired by picture)
With special thanks to the Covid-19 Lockdown