‘The Brave Souls of Autumn’ by Rachel Chen The Society January 9, 2016 High School Submissions, Human Rights in China, News of Note, Poetry An autumn breeze blows swiftly through the air, And plucks the tree leaves from their humble roots. Amidst the cold a group stands in the square, Its people warmly dressed in hats and boots. Each face is filled with peace and harmony, As soothing music drifts throughout the sky. Their movements look so tranquil and serene, Behind each person faith that cannot die. Their exercise is suddenly cut short, When men in black come storming through the crowd. They shout with anger, “Orders from the court!” The mood is shadowed by a stormy cloud. These followers of Falun Gong are hurt, Though facing persecution, tall they stand. Throughout their suffering they stay alert, They take it all and never raise a hand. The victims send their thoughts forth righteously, In hopes that they can all one day be free. Rachel Chen is a student at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts, in Upstate New York. Featured Image: A Falun Gong practice site in Guangzhou, China, in the 1990s, before the practice was banned there in July, 1999. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.