…another year to look back to 1989, and never forget … Tiananmen Square…

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…I was in Hong Kong during the horrific episode in June 3-4, 1989 in Beijing… when the brave ‘Tank Man’ stood in defiance in Tiananmen Square in the Chinese capital… the precise number of students who perished is still not known… I penned the poem below as I watched the events unfold on live television in Hong Kong… the poem was picked up and printed in Chinese communities around the globe at the time… Lest We Forget…

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

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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11 responses to “…another year to look back to 1989, and never forget … Tiananmen Square…

  1. Beautiful and heart-warming! ♥

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  2. A great testament to true courage Seumas. Your words honour them. It must have been frightening to play chicken with a tank not knowing whether the lunacy of the power hungry would take the tank forward.
    Hugs

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  3. One of those moments that gets stuck in one’s mind. Your poem captures it perfectly. Thanks for the reminder, Seumas

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  4. Wonderful piece, Seumus. Cheers! 🙂

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  5. Now there’s conviction and bravery. Why isn’t this image all over the news each year? Important event that should not be forgotten
    Well written, Seumas

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