"Black children" in China (photo)‘The Black Children’ and Other Poetry by J. David Graham The Society March 21, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Human Rights in China, Poetry 1 Comment The Black Children In China, until rather recently, each pair of parents was allowed one kid, according to the “one-child policy.” Some parents had another, which they hid. Unregistered, these kids are sometimes sold to traffickers who make them prostitutes. If they refuse, they’re left out in the cold; thus little girls are raped by savage brutes. The Communists refuse them legal aid; they call these children “black,” deny their life, deny them rights, deny them getting paid, deny them education, give them strife. Despite all this, these children still exist; To save them from this hell, we must persist. Sonnet to the Muse O Muse, who once inspired Homer blind with visions, who once spent poor Milton’s light, who gave to Vergil such a shining mind, who clearly gifted Shakespeare special sight, and Ovid and Catullus, Sappho too, Pope, Heaney, Donne, Lucretius, Auden, Poe, myself — we all owe all our voice to you, O Muse, whom every poet seeks to know — return! And let your voice be heard once more, which has so long been silent in our land. Let once again your rhythmic pipes of lore find understanding ears, your pen a hand. Let meter’s measured feet beat sweet refrains, and rhyme entwine with poetry its strains! J. David Graham is a father, husband, and poet. He is a Classicist by training, currently working on a metered translation of the Aeneid. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related One Response Theresa Rodriguez March 21, 2019 Thank you Mr. Graham for these two well-executed sonnets! Reply Leave a Reply to Theresa Rodriguez Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.