Plainclothes police arrest a Falun Gong practitioner.‘Passing Through the Woods of Ash’ by Daniel Magdalen The Society July 19, 2016 Beauty, Human Rights in China, Poetry 3 Comments Dedicated to Falun Gong practitioners who have peacefully resisted persecution by the communist regime in China for 17 years, since July 20, 1999. When the world’s despondent spirit sets in heavy clouds of slumber, One last gaze of thought transports me to the woods of baleful bawling… Gusts of moaning wind start seizing blackened leaves, too fast to number, Stirring drizzles from their ashes, which keep hopelessly on falling. As I glide through mists benumbing, soon, a startling scene emerges: One by one, young human figures, cloaked from any ray of reason, Languishingly sink in quicksand, led to dance by blinding urges; “Let us seize the day,” they murmur… drowning in their chosen prison. Farther, on a barren hillock, I see sheepless shepherds searching To reap promises of bounty, on a sloping trail to nowhere. Craving more but ending empty, they are led by voices surging From a den of prowling serpents… Lured within, they’ll crave no more there. * Rising swarms of specters gather in a sky-obscuring cyclone, And the land… begins receding into Hell’s abyss, now open. Rotten imps unleash man’s madness: Hammers crush each god-sent gemstone! Scriptures burn! The crowd now worships Havoc’s beast, through bloody token. Suddenly, the ground collapses… from below, the roaring fire Summons all its hordes of zombies to slay Dawning’s blessed Heralds – But their brightness wakes the spellbound! Wings of Hope, which never tire, Lift these souls from hatred’s maelstrom as they grasp the call of Heavens. Thus, through fuming flood of madmen – born of dust, to dust returning – Like grand lightning piercing darkness come Compassion’s emissaries Spreading words of Light, that flourish in man’s heart, to rouse the yearning To ascend beyond deception, to breathe bliss that aether carries. * I can feel auspicious breezes bringing glimpses of tomorrow, While the nightmare’s realm is melting to a memory of mourning. Let the sunbeams fill our vision, blurred no more by mortal sorrow, For the homeward path’s unfolding toward resplendent skies of Morning. Ever distant seems, below us, history’s black void expanding, As we reach effulgent waters of the sky’s translucent ocean, Waves of eons swiftly passing… scenes beyond man’s understanding Make the soul in awe to quiver, shattering each worldly notion. Now, the Promised Land emerges – a blank scroll for mankind’s story, Which begins anew. A wonder ushers in the sunrise, beaming: Truth embodied by lush beauty in empyreal worlds’ glory Welcomes back the holy Heralds forged by Light, through Light redeeming. Daniel Magdalen is a graduate student in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, in Romania. 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 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. 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 Evan Mantyk July 19, 2016 Both haunting and uplifting, a wonderful balance and well done! This is truly the story that is shaping modern China and by extension, the world. Reply Daniel Magdalen July 21, 2016 Thank you very much, Evan, for your kind words. The real, soul-stirring, story which the text metaphorically refers to is certainly beyond words. I truly hope the tragedy in China will soon come to an end. Reply Durlabh Singh July 20, 2016 EPPING FOREST. Spirit of green engendered in liberty Sweeping across the glanded glades Tangled tree spirits in tarnished brief Dancing shades of sunlit lauded leaves. Some reveries of buttercups in a sea of grass Sporting squirrels where frolicking en-mass A listed gesture abbotted in a shallow ditch Songs of flyers in myrtled melodious pitch. Conversers of the mind in greenish code Stimulations of heart in a gentler mode Spirits of nubile shadows laying aside Some sultry caresses for the winded bride. 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.