(screenshot)On Chinese Troops Marching in May Day Parade The Society May 1, 2017 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Human Rights in China, News of Note, Poetry 5 Comments Written upon watching this video. Note that May Day is the international day honoring workers. Mayday on May Day By Damian Robin and Evan Mantyk With their pins and strings and force withal And gloves as white as pus, Like Marxist carpet wall to wall They raise appalling fuss. Their well-heeled feet stomp ev’rywhere, Stomp “anti-Party blight.” Like robots who’ve no hearts to bare And minds with no insight. It’s no use calling them what-for, They’re for the power state – Their boots are keys to ev’ry door No need to knock or wait. Their humaneness has gone to pot There’s nothing to esteem, Why pause to celebrate the rot, The Party’s godless scheme? As long as communism stands, Destroying decency, Its forces stomp across the land That bore divinity. These troops should fight the specter red, The Middle Kingdom’s bane, Just say, “I quit your rancid bed I’m clean now from your stain,” And march into the future’s light, The counterculture* gone, Then gloves or not you’re truly white, Bathed in a brave new dawn. *In China, counterculture is better known as Party culture and refers to the inhumane, anti-traditional culture that was propagated during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, and bears resemblance to American counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. X May Day March By, China 2017 They’re not parading naked hate Nor open blood ablution; They don’t show hearts on armoured plate Nor scalpel execution.* Here they wave economy And flag up cash and gains. And cover up the Savagery Of Organ Harvest stains. On show no organs cut alive, No living donors slashed; Just the buzz, the army hive, And armaments well-lashed. Here we’re shown clean uniforms And barrack troops well tuned. No army doctors’ tired dorms Nor living bodies pruned. Here no operating tables, Steel-topped, glazed by blood. Just thoroughbreds from Killer Stables Trained to stamp and thud. These ranks parade to policy That keeps the Party pursed. Beside them marches Infamy, All linked are chained and cursed. *Referring to the forced harvesting of organs from unwilling prisoners in China. Damian Robin is a writer and editor living in the United Kingdom. Evan Mantyk teaches literature and history in New York. 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 5 Responses Sally Cook May 1, 2017 Congratulations – These are powerful poems. I still believe in the power of poetry and all the arts. Reply David Hollywood May 2, 2017 Appropriate put-downs and indignation. I wish we were all more mindful of our world’s behaviours! Thank you for these. Reply Debbie Johnson May 2, 2017 Wonderful poems about the situation and the ongoing persecution of falon gong. This is a situation we need to keep in our hearts and minds. It is unacceptable. Thanks for sharing these~Debbie Reply James Sale May 8, 2017 The second poem is especially graphic and horrific, because so clinically observed – and undertaken. Powerful stuff. Reply John W. L. Toivonen May 21, 2017 The poems are powerful statements about the evils of Communism. I am still disturbed by what happened at Tiananmen Square, and how our nation responded to the mass murder. We acted as if nothing had happened. Despite our desire for inexpensive electronics, we should have at least suspended most favored nation status for some time to protest their brutality. 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.