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.


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