"A Tragedy in China" by Li YuanSolace from Terror, a Set of Poems about Living in the West by Damian Robin The Society October 29, 2016 Beauty, Culture, Human Rights in China, Poetry, Terrorism 1 Comment Persistent Danger Where is this going when state and foe mow down civilians and non-combatants in market stalls? They shock and flame like an erratic clown whose grisly creativity appalls, resolving citizens to not shut down. As killing stalks with permanent, present dangers, our crowded sense of continuance recalls past births in ancient palaces and mangers. Through metros, nightclubs, and shopping malls we fill more lives with the warmth of strangers. As one, accepting ever-present death, our hearts aren’t petrified but focus on. Together, resilient beyond death, we truly, compassionately, carry on. The Worst Terrorism Is in China There’s more behind this ISIS terrorism, than fracture war splitting to shattered shards the creeds of distant hardened factions; of schisms; of unconvincing reasoning in yards, feet, fingers, splinters, plumes of dust, unfiltered poisons at the micro level; of shouts of ‘paradise’; of scriptured lust; of gods of words boiled down to flesh and shrapnel. In China there’re two faiths that aren’t religion: One’s the Party’s ritual organization that tried to wipe out God, then stole God’s position: The other’s Falun Gong that transcends nation, worship, and routine, through cultivation – and gets The False God’s jealous persecution. Note: Falun Gong is a spiritual qigong that was brought to the public in 1992. With its adherents numbering over 70 million in 1999, the practice was crashed down on by the whole might of the Chinese Communist apparatus. A vicious attempted eradication persists in China with new estimates of more than 60,000 being killed each year. The Original Beauty in China Channeling broadcasts with remote control, I get an edgy edit of the world distracted by dysfunction. It’s a whole whose underpinned distortions aren’t absurd but there to cover all bad qi in China – the murky ker-qing we buy and then sell on that funds the genocidal propaganda, the mundane background soundtrack that’s always on. Don’t let it rubble that hub of meditation that’s not desertion nor retreat but facing death and life without retaliation. More than lotus silt, or rose’s prong, the grind that’s true and good and time-embracing transforms while cultivating Falun Gong. Note: qi is a form of basic energy; qing means sentimentality or emotion Home Is Where Around the clock we’re programmed to return to eat, wash up, reheat, cook fresh – and learn. We ritualize: slice food from bunch and pack designed to make the best of multiples, of re-formed veg, re-membered animals: whole meals from air-sucked bump or re-sealed sack. As we prepare, we weigh up global good, we meet with others, chew the social cud. We muse on the West’s priv’leged global stance, aware of refugees and butchered crowds, how slaughtered humans drip to soil and clouds, of media blanks – their ruse of song, and dance. And like the hair we wash and dry and comb, we make each pass though here a welcome home. Tea Commercial You’re up, awake. Should I make us tea? Maybe that will take you nearer to me, bring us closer with little ceremony. I’ve been around the garden, lifting and moving. A pleasure to do on a sunny, bird-sung morning while the discomforted world is upturned and twisting. And I saw you’d opened the curtains upstairs and had opened the window to let in these airs and I thought it’d be nice to arrange tea affairs. I know there’s pain and hardship and hunger and war in the near east and far off where our soldiers take store while here our country is falling apart shore to shore. But, still, it’s marvellous to sit and drink tea surrounded with fine glazed pots of ‘safe’ and ‘free’, in this bubbled building of tranquility. Note: This poem was used by Mr Tea’s Teas, a U.K. business with a fine variety of flavoured teas. Part of Mr Tea’s intention is to wean the world off teabags. Remaking the World To squash the world before their sense of god, they drill, repeat, re-beat, each suicide squad. But self-made bombs – or knock-down pumped-up wheels, or boring bullets – fail to burst the Earth. They throw up karma, justice, end, rebirth, reveal aggressive martyrs’ Achilles’ heels. Their terrors don’t ferment anarchic fervours. Nor are we bunkered down in blast-proof cellars. We’re all super human. Though flesh is slow, we’re more than instruments of gravity. They try to orchestrate cacophony but can’t blast cosmic symphonies in flow. Not squeezed in siege but peeled through air with grace, we hear their torment, and listen with a god’s face. Once and for All In interludes of murder-suicides – earthquakes hop – crushed trains stop – land slides – the normal sufferings that swamp mankind have the tinge of inevitability: are natural blows that sentient beings find: death, old age, disability; but present calamities are over the top, addicted to rushes that seem to never stop. It’s like we’re on the cliff at the end of the world, exposed to moon-swing tides of charges and calms, of voids, and highs, abysses or cosmic roar, where Town Halls fall and naked mobs are hurled sucked down by magnetic charms or karmic harms or taken up, absorbed by Cosmic Law. Apocalypse Hooves Four horsemen’s hooves hammer the beach’s water. The ocean’s edge spreads red-flecked hints of slaughter. At night, packed wood and metal and rubber ships are straught by choking smoke and light’ning spike. Lit waves suck famlies down from troughs and tips with no two candle ends snuffed alike. No actions blend and nothing matches right and morbid beauty flames each run-from site. Each earth wound cavity, each martial mark, each hard decay or natural arcing flight, is blanketed by storms of smoking dark where smouldering hells are bombed by heaven’s light. Both yin and yang become a clapping hand. True souls remain while past lives spray on sand. Miracles Come This Way For years our world’s endured this ‘terror’ war and cosmic catastrophes like none before that old philosophies can’t answer to. There’s no solution viewed from any place; not science logic with its deluged space, nor manmade, God-given Books, Old or New. In all dimensions battles steam and rage as particles are read through, page by page. The Milky Way moves away, a drop in dark Dark Matter where inkblot Time has run, gone to seed, grow up again, been done. Nothing will return from this clock’s stop. Night is going. Day approaching. Stay. Stay strong. Miracles come this way. Damian Robin lives in England where he works for an international newspaper and lives with his wife and three children. 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 One Response Mahathi October 31, 2016 Remarkable clarity in all these Poems. Very well, carefully crafted verses. Thanks for sharing. Reply 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.