Photo of Captain America toy packaging‘Made in China’ and Other Poetry by Randal A. Burd, Jr. The Society August 2, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Human Rights in China, Poetry 3 Comments “Made in China” “Made in China” reads the label— Shattered on the coffee table: Some cheap and broken plastic toys We purchased for our girls and boys— Imports purchased which enable Labor camps that leave unstable Lives in ruin and can disable Limbs…but disregard the noise Made in China. Are our children really stable? We disservice and mislabel All the little girls and boys Who grow up with cheap plastic toys; Sold our souls and bought a fable Made in China? Out of Mind Dark images my memory retains: a dying loved one’s final, raspy breath, the empty stare, the gaping maw of death, contrasting what was lost with what remains. Forgetting what the coffin, closed, contains, most soldier on, neglecting fragile health, resume their focus on amassing wealth until the blood stops flowing through their veins. But what’s another cautionary tale? Didactic, preachy warnings from the grave, inadequate to teach, much less to save, ensure that fools continue to prevail in wasting time regardless of the cost and finding out too late what has been lost. Randal A. Burd, Jr. is an educator, freelance editor, writer, and poet. His freelance writing includes assignments on the paid writing team for Ancestry.com and multiple online blogs, newsletters, and publications. Randal received his Master’s Degree in English Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri. He currently works on the site of a residential treatment facility for juveniles in rural Missouri. He lives in southeast Missouri with his wife and two children. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. CODEC News: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 Joe Tessitore August 2, 2019 Very well-written and very powerful – the kind of poetry I’d like to have written myself! If you’re new to the page, welcome indeed, Mr. Burd. Reply Randal A. Burd, Jr. August 4, 2019 I appreciate the kind reply. Thanks, Joe. Reply Evan Mantyk August 5, 2019 Dear Mr. Burd, Thank you for your poetry. The issue you have touched on is one that needs to be talked about more. Right now there are those who want to roll back the U.S. government’s trade war. If the Democrats want to have any chance in 2020, they need to get on board and realize the deeper cultural, ideological, and spiritual conflict that is underway. It is no coincidence that Toys R Us stores shuttered last year. They were full of Made in [Communist] China toys. They recently just opened a few more stores. I hope they learned their lesson and read your poem! https://www.theepochtimes.com/toys-r-us-plans-a-small-comeback-with-2-stores-this-year_3007870.html 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.