…25 years ago today, it was June 4th, 1989… dedicated to one of the bravest men I never met… TBSU…

 

Tank man

TO THE FLOWERS OF TIANANMEN SQUARE

The chill of death came swiftly

To the flowers of youth that morn

But the seed will last forever

From the slaughter, hope is born.

 

A world watched in horror

As their lifeblood flowed that day

The memories of courage

Will never fade away.

 

Soldiers, tanks and bullets

Cannot eclipse their roles

They may burn the students’ bodies

But they cannot destroy their souls.

 

Their voices now are silent

But will echo from the grave

To taunt at Man’s own madness

For those whom power crave.

 

In tears of grief and sorrow

For now, we share the pain

But please, let us remember,

‘Let them not have died in vain’.

 

SEUMAS GALLACHER

Hongkong

June, 1989

 

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19 responses to “…25 years ago today, it was June 4th, 1989… dedicated to one of the bravest men I never met… TBSU…

  1. MM Jaye

    Heart-rending! Thank you for reminding us…

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  2. Brave indeed. Great tribute

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  3. Fantastic poem Seumas. That was true bravery in the face of despotism.

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  4. Beautiful Seumas…did you write that? I’m not normally a fan of poetry (way above my head!) But even I could see how beautiful that was!

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  5. lovely words in tribute to a man and a moment i will never forget

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  6. Beautifully said. Thank you, Sir.

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  7. My man, with the beautiful heart!

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  8. How lovely and heart warming! You are a true friend and kind soul. I’m proud to know you and honored to be your friend. You do have a way with words.

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  9. A wonderful poem – I still can’t believe it actually happened. I was only 15 at the time but I remember it well. It’s not until you see these things as an adult that you really appreciate what happened and why.

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