‘The Brave Souls of Autumn’ by Rachel Chen The Society January 9, 2016 High School Submissions, Human Rights in China, Poetry An autumn breeze blows swiftly through the air, And plucks the tree leaves from their humble roots. Amidst the cold a group stands in the square, Its people warmly dressed in hats and boots. Each face is filled with peace and harmony, As soothing music drifts throughout the sky. Their movements look so tranquil and serene, Behind each person faith that cannot die. Their exercise is suddenly cut short, When men in black come storming through the crowd. They shout with anger, “Orders from the court!” The mood is shadowed by a stormy cloud. These followers of Falun Gong are hurt, Though facing persecution, tall they stand. Throughout their suffering they stay alert, They take it all and never raise a hand. The victims send their thoughts forth righteously, In hopes that they can all one day be free. Rachel Chen is a student at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts, in Upstate New York. Featured Image: A Falun Gong practice site in Guangzhou, China, in the 1990s, before the practice was banned there in July, 1999. 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in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.