Dogs are expected to sit
Dogs are expected to stay
They receive kicks
If they make the boat sway

Hong Kong is the dog
But, of course, there is no Hong Kong
When it comes to the law
In China there’s only one:

It is the law of the People
Hong Kong-ers do not exist
There is only one China
All pretenders will eventually desist

And by ‘will’ I mean ‘must’
Afterall, it’s only right
Separation breeds dissidence
And complaints from dissidents are a blight

And by ‘complaints’ I mean
The things which should not be discussed
They cannot allow talk of such things
And They will detain you if They must

And by ‘detain’ I mean They wait
For the public apology you must deliver
Citizenship is unimportant, rights dissolve
When one has offended the People’s law-givers

 

Aditya Basu-Dutta is currently enrolled in Bayside High School in Palm Bay, Florida. He enjoys travelling abroad, learning new things, and creating works of art, whether they are prose, poetry, or even a nice family dinner.


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