…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”.
…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…
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