Photo by Studio Incendo / FlickrTwo Poems on Hong Kong Protests, June 2019 The Society June 20, 2019 Culture, Human Rights in China, Poetry 6 Comments The Hong Kong Protest Hymn by Lu “Reed ABCs” Wei The Christian hymn “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” emerged as anthem of the Hong Kong protests. It’s not yet expurged. The hymn is heard almost nonstop at the main protest site, in front of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council day and night. The Christian hymn, composed by Linda-Stassen Benjamin, repeated in a minor key, four stanzas, praise to Him, possesses a surprising power on the hopeful groups that number in the millions—peaceful democratic troops. The bill was paused, but Carrie Lam, the chief executive, will not be leaving. How long will the peace of Hong Kong live? A Dragon by Evan Mantyk Hear the rumbling round the world Of a dragon lying curled— Not the red one we have seen; This one has a golden sheen And will rise to swiftly strike, Sunder every wall and dike, Drowning evil on the earth And its young, though fresh from birth, Bringing terror yet unknown For the seeds that have been sown. 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)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) 6 Responses Damian Robin June 21, 2019 Remember nineteen eighty-nine, The CCP’s side-splitting pranks, The rolling flesh beneath those tanks, The laugh-a-minute-riffle cracks, The quickly wiped-out bloodline tracks, Return to normal – all is fine – Bring on the singing tourist line? So long ago and far? – No, I can hear the hounds of war Leashed in kennels by the shore No more than sixteen miles away From Hong Kong’s street-filled feeding tray. And mainland tappers can say no To Hong Kong’s drinking water flow. So here is clear and present threat To Hong Kong’s long civility, To open streets and speech that’s free. And so they’re singing Christian hymns To save the law and save their limbs, To save them from the present threat, And pray The Saviour won’t forget. Reply Damian Robin June 21, 2019 Here Hong Kong hosts a symptom stage – As Mantyk says a dragon tenses, Straining under Bad defences, Hacking into hackled steel, Metaphorical and real, Ready to revoke like rage The spirit-clawing, carnal age. Reply C.B. Anderson June 21, 2019 Wow! Many of the rhymes in both poems packed a punch, Damian, which is as I suppose you intended, and somehow you distracted me from the poems actually published on this site on this date. Back to them: They cover news of which I have not heard, but they paint a picture I can clearly see of people wishing to to be free. It’s a Declaration of Independence of a sort, which is probably not an innate feature of the average Chinese consciousness. But from little acorns giant oak trees grow. Reply Damian Robin June 23, 2019 Thanks, CB. Yes, these two poems are able to hit out because the two proper-published poems hold the important information and point in good directions. Hong Kong has a foundation of open rule via the UK. It has missed a lot of communist infection until recently when the lease ran out. To me, what is happening there is direct and decent democracy. It goes beyond what we have in the West where we may vote once in a few years and complain in the glow of tv news occasionally. However, it takes sustained physical presence. Like them, we can use our prayers or sung determination to support them towards establishing their sapling oak of Independence. And we can sign the online petitions. https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/05/30/hundreds-petitions-appear-protest-hong-kongs-controversial-china-extradition-bill/ The “We the people” White House petition has timed out. A broader UK one still open: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/233895?fbclid=IwAR1hEEzYALKXV47UV_0Z_wMYn2VscxGI5ILydLJFf2TlPrem2YLv_z6qEAU and one for France [to revoke the Legion of Honour, one of France’s highest awards, for Carrie Lam] still open: https://www.change.org/p/the-grand-chancery-of-the-legion-of-honor-revoke-hong-kong-chief-executive-carrie-lam-s-legion-of-honor-distinction-19c4dc0e-f0ca-433a-9496-08e6705dbdeb Bottom line: we know our thoughts and prayers are powerful. Reply Damian Robin June 27, 2019 Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, has gone silent. She had apologised for her lack of consultation with the people of Hong Kong. Protesters are still on the streets. It’s worth keeping this comment section open. Five years ago the CCP Said each Hong Kong Executive Requires a squeezing through its sieve. Plain messages then spilled up walls And humble crowds hummed freedom calls; An eighty day umbrella spree Protected Hong Kong’s liberty. Then wiped; arrested; off the streets; Thin tee-shirts ironed by riot shield. The Triad/Party thugs congealed, And Hong Kong leaders shared their crimes. Behind the scenes, behind the times, Policemen walk the Party’s beats. Repression reaps its bleak repeats. With worried thoughts I steer across Trafalgar Square, in fresher air With heart-filled hopes for over there. I’m unabashed at British might Marked over Nelson’s Column’s height: Though Empire’s now bowed out as boss, May Hong Kong thrive beyond this loss. Reply D Robin July 6, 2019 Re remark above being ‘unabashed at British might’ — UK/Britain is trying to keep to some responsibility on Hong Kong https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/03/foreign-office-calls-in-china-ambassador-over-hong-kong-protests Also http://www.visiontimes.com/2019/06/27/former-colonial-hong-kong-governor-says-britain-has-a-debt-of-honor.html?fbclid=IwAR19tr0YR5iNZQsAkbiSxLA6Y0lkwSZB53_UiUJStM1SyMrdNGRlNUTIhHU 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.