These three sonnets come from the newly released poetry book Organ Harvest, by Damian Robin, which exposes the murder of prisoners of conscience, particularly peaceful Falun Gong practitioners, for their organs in communist China today. For more information about this atrocity visit Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting. Hard To Believe In the West, it’s hard to bond an organ – match live human flesh – person to person – meld – make fresh – a deeply human token, gifting a working function to one broken. There must be matched consent to transfer – quickly – while loved ones love or grieve, calm or angry. If the giver’s still alive, the giving has to leave the opened donor living or it’s probed as murder. ____________________________Yet in China, can you believe, there is a high yield quota, deep in poisoned stomachs of the Party, of transferred body parts for making money, and damping down disquiet. This state life-thieve – death by surgery – makes good souls heave. Burning Issue A man in a mask, a surgical mask, whose eyes, like the mask, are expressionless, scoops up raw flesh to a surgical flask from a cooling body cut senseless. The room is cool, his nerves are cool, his assistants are stitching the gashes, closing deep gaps in a tight-enough spool with needles as curved as the surgeon's eyelashes. Fluff scurries in corners and wafted eyes narrow. The body is shut with brusque, sewing arts. A circle of lights is burnishing shadow as the double doors flap and the organ departs. Dead eyes are shut down, the body’s made ready, unwashed, untagged and incendiary. There Are Millions More So here I am, slouched outside a furnace, unclothed, untagged, my family not informed – my treatments, interventions, they can’t guess. My muscle-freeze sets in while hell-flame-stormed incinerators hide the bones of men and women and children further up the queue whose organs fed the glut of Party men and women who push to spread the Party glue. As I no longer hurt, don’t pray for me for I’m a stamped out man the West’s research won’t reach – but there are millions marked, go find, at home, in jail, in bed, or walking free, whose urine, tissue, blood, hang on a perch and could, at any moment, be assigned.