The Persecution of Falun Gong

I.

Meditating group
One clear crisp day at Shanghai
In earth’s sunny loop

II.

What is Zhen-Shan-Ren?
Truth-Compassion-Forbearance
Refiner of men

III.

Police arrive there
Frosted breath flies from warped mouths
Evil spirits flare

IV.

The days, weeks, and months
Spent making dolls for export
With smiles on their mouths

V.

Torture in damp dark
Floods of blood and brainwashing
He floats on faith’s ark

VI.

Communist thinking
Godless junk and filth piled high
Leaves morals sinking

VII.

He floats to a shore
Where the soft sands of heaven
Disrupt his sweet snore

VIII.

Awake half-dead now
Joyous that earth’s red demon
Didn’t make him kowtow

IX.

The majestic sun
Behind a wall of gray smog
On a day soon done

 

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A Catskills Trek

I.

Trees infused with mist
Enchant those just awakened
Before their breakfast

II.

A new mountain trail
On soft leaves of late autumn
Seems destined to fail

III.

The deer hunter’s tent
I thought I saw was a rock
Without an intent

IV.

From the mountain’s peak
Two pagodas stand like Gods
Who we humbly seek

V.

At Heaven I peek
A feeling a subtle glow
A name I can’t speak

VI.

Virtue’s lofty peak
Amidst unknown wilderness
That seems un-unique

VII.

Descending the cliff
A sheer drop to the bottom
Scares me slightly stiff

VIII.

Debris crumbles off
As I look for a new way
And try not to scoff

IX.

The narrow path leads
Down to a long shining lake
That reflects our deeds

 

Featured Image (Top): “Imprisoned Dafa Practitioner” by Yuan Li. Another name for Falun Gong is Falun Dafa. Dafa literally means “Great Way” (en.falunart.org)

Featured Image (Middle): “Goju-no-to Pagoda” by Tokuriki

Poet’s Note: The Haiku is a poetry form originating from 14th century Japan.  The form is most commonly structured as a standalone poem with three lines that have five, seven, and five syllables (or short syllables), respectively.  In this case, I have added a rhyme to the ends of the first and third lines.  Further, while the Haiku above can each stand alone, each is also part of a larger story.

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