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. 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new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.