Ode to the Villagers of Zhouguantun The Society August 19, 2012 Poetry Just a story, just a tale, from some time When impossibly heroic stories rhymed Three hundred Spartans fought to their death Against a million Persians on their path. Noble, poised, fed on hearty justice, The Spartans embodied heroic grace, But were drowned in history’s vast ocean By all us who drink the modern potion That makes us thoroughly logically sense That we cannot make a difference. Not a story, not a tale, from the East, From China, where the red communist beast Persecutes practitioners of Falun Gong, Not because they did anything wrong, But because corrupt officials cannot stand, Something spiritual the people understand. The beast arrests, detains, tortures and kills Only satisfied if it breaks your will, And, like poison, it spreads propaganda To perpetuate their evil agenda. This is the story and the tale is now, The Chinese people say they will not bow Three hundred villagers in Zhouguantun Face down devastation and their ruin, On behalf of their fellow villager, A local Falun Gong practitioner, They sent an open message to Beijing That through all history sent an epic ring, Like the three hundred mighty Spartans They screamed: “Release this innocent man!” -Evan Mantyk Originally appearing in The Epoch Times. 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new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.