In the picture above, a Chinese citizen writes the words “Tui Dang” (literally “Quit Party”) signifying his resignation from the Chinese Communist Party. Since the publishing of the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” by the Chinese language edition of The Epoch Times in November, 2004, Chinese people have been posting statements proclaiming their resignation from the Chinese Communist Party. (Artwork by Illustrator:Lam)

 

By Evan Mantyk

 

I.

The red dragon dives through the night,
It eats or kills those below,
Seems like sixty years without light,
The scared man approaches slow.

II.

Twilight village, quiet morning,
His statement on a wall hangs,
The first daylight soon adorning,
“I quit your communist gang.”

III.

Police bang hard at his locked door,
A baby begins to cry,
An empty dish breaks on the floor,
No one bothers to ask, “Why?”

IV.

Burning flesh and muffled screams fill
Communist labor camp walls,
Trying in vain to break his will,
Outside, red leaves start to fall.

V.

Looking straight in the dragon’s eyes,
Others all run away fast,
In its mouth a poor victim dies,
The man’s thoughts of death have passed.

VI.

The camp guard looks in the man’s eyes,
Brave blood stuck on his pale face,
The sickened guard tries not to cry,
“Let’s get him out of this place!”

VII.

Half alive on a Beijing street,
Two directions one might go,
Already on his shoeless feet,
What good is a sword that’s slow?

VIII.

Bright village on a bustling day,
Returning like an old soul,
Everyone has something to say,
Twenty statements on the wall.

IX.

How easy it seems to remove
The red dragon’s ugly head,
Looking back now it seems to prove,
The fear was all in his head.

(Illustrator:Lam)


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