On Kunlun Zhang’s ‘Red Wall’ by Daniel Magdalen The Society December 18, 2015 Human Rights in China, Poetry 3 Comments “Red Wall” by Kunlun Zhang: This painting records the personal experience and internal turmoil of the artist, Professor Kunlun Zhang. Professor Zhang was imprisoned in China for three months, during which time he experienced physical and mental torture, including brainwashing. The two white Chinese characters mean “persecution.” Cascading strokes of color blend, into the canvas breathing life, To show a stirring lived-through world, where light and darkness storm in strife As China’s anguished soul bewails, through whirlwinds born of wounds unseen, Its fate enslaved by maddened men, which red ghouls raven from within. My mind impetuously brings into broad heart-rending display The silenced agony relived by millions each night, each day… Unflinchingly withstanding pain, the shackled men of godly thought With overflowing inner glow are melting hatred’s ice to naught. Suppression’s monstrous blood-dyed wall is crumbling from its core of lies When struck by thunderbolts of truth that stun indoctrinated eyes… Its hellish henchmen all exposed by History’s relentless sun Are hurled upon the path of flames “out of the barrel of a gun.” Daniel Magdalen is a graduate student in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, in Romania. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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 disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which 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. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News: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) 3 Responses Damian Robin December 21, 2015 Hi Daniel, I have heard of this magazine recently http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home It takes ekphrasis poems – poems about works in other art forms. The poems have to stand alone, the picture is not published. You may want to submit to it. (I have not seen a copy but the website seems clear.) Best Damian Reply Daniel Magdalen December 25, 2015 Hello Damian, Thank you for the useful links and suggestion. I’ll try to submit the text to the magazine you mentioned. Best regards, Daniel. Reply Damian Robin December 21, 2015 this may also be of use https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/notes-ekphrasis 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.