Villanelles for Falun Gong Practitioners Persecuted in China, Part I The Society November 3, 2012 Poetry By Evan Mantyk Tranquilly, she sits in a Beijing park, Stress and health problems clear like morning mist, The bright sun battles a history dark. Soaring above, focused and free is the lark, With innate discipline, she dives and twists, Tranquilly, she sits in a Beijing park The early shadows stretch out long and stark, The night’s fingers refusing to desist, The bright sun battles a history dark. Above the bird, towers the sky’s vast arc, Gods peer down, not a moment to be missed, Tranquilly, she sits in a Beijing park. Murky clouds roll together near the park, Darkness falls on the flag of communists, The bright sun battles a history dark. How does a raging fire start from a spark? The storm’s first drop falls on her folded wrist, Tranquilly, she sits in a Beijing park, The bright sun battles a history dark. Part II Part III The villanelle is a form of highly structured poetry with origins dating back to 16th century France, though some place it earlier. I have used this form here to depict the persecution of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) practitioners in modern China. Featured Image: “Calling for Justice” by Xiqiang Dong. (falunart.org) Originally published in The Epoch Times. Related Post ‘Oak’ and Other Poetry by Jeffrey Essmann Oak In quiet awe before a solid oak in summer bloom, I thought: to such as these my Saxon kin of long ago bespoke their pagan prayers—a source of ... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.