Photo of Falun Gong practitioner on Tiananmen SquareFriends of Falun Gong Poetry Contest Winners Announced The Society May 13, 2019 Culture, Human Rights in China, Poetry 2 Comments Congratulations to contest winners David Whippman (First Place), Randal Burd (Second Place), Theresa Rodriguez (Third Place), and Dusty Thorne (Fourth Place). Mr. Whippman’s winning poem is below. Other poems may be read here. For Falun Gong by David Whippman Their plight is real, their cause is ours. So far, alas, the “great and good” Show no concern, although they should: No virtue-signaling movie stars. Although the world’s eyes look elsewhere, The cause of Falun Gong is just. In we, their friends, they have to trust: For them, our friends, we have to care. How long must they endure? How long? The will for change is what we need, Let’s play our part by word and deed And help the folk of Falun Gong. David Whippman is a British poet, now retired after a career in healthcare. Over the years he’s had quite a few poems, articles and short stories published in various magazines. 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 2 Responses James Sale May 13, 2019 Congratulations David – an excellent winner, really pleased for you. And you make some great points in your poem; I especially like the line ‘No virtue-signalling movie stars’. Yep, that’s about exactly right! Reply Dave Whippman May 15, 2019 Thanks James, I appreciate the feedback. Reply Leave a Reply to Dave Whippman Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.