‘The Bitter Harvest’ by Cheryl Corey The Society May 21, 2015 News of Note, Poetry 1 Comment With steady hand, he takes a scalpel, cutsthe body open. Liver, spleen, the gutsextracted, packed in ice. The Party manlooks on. There’s profit to be made. The plan:eliminate the Falun Gong and stealtheir organs. None will be the wiser. Zealof anti-revolutionary thoughtdestroyed, the statist foe is rendered naught. Ms. Corey’s poetry has been featured in Mobius, The NeoVictorian/Cochlea, The Comstock Review, Iambs & Trochees, Capper’s, Time of Singing, and Deronda. In the 2007 World Order of Narrative and Formalist Poets Contest, she placed 1st in the Dylan Thomas Award category and received Honorable Mention for the June Kraeft Memorial Award. Her short story, The Briar Rose, was selected for Tall Tales & Short Stories, an anthology published in 2014. She is currently writing a novel. Featured Image: “Organ Crimes,” Oil on Canvas (41 x 41 inches) 2007, by Xiqiang Dong. Painting description: Chinese physicians and police conspire here in a horrific, though well-documented, phenomenon in China: forcible organ harvesting. It has been called by one prominent human rights lawyer, “a new form of evil on this planet.” This victim, as with so many like him, was not given adequate anesthesia or medical care; his body, in the hands of a cruel regime, is but a collection of profitable parts. The painting is based on actual testimony from the spouse of a Chinese doctor who partook in these acts. Standing back (at right), the doctor pauses, immobile, upon sensing the victim’s humanity: a small Falun Gong pin has fallen from the victim’s pocket in the struggle, along with a note written to his mother, wishing her well. Investigators fear that several thousand Falun Gong adherents have been subjected to this form of unfathomable barbarity. Falunart.org. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who harasses or disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comment or comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response Corey browning May 21, 2015 Very powerful. Beautiful use of enjambment and nice and natural rhyme. Well done! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour 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.