Photo from clearharmony.net‘Hidden in a Flyer’ by Daniel Magdalen, and Other Poetry on the Persecution of Falun Gong The Society July 20, 2020 Beauty, Deconstructing Communism, Human Rights in China, Poetry, Readings 12 Comments on the 21st anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s launching the persecution of the peaceful practice of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999 Hidden in a Flyer by Daniel Magdalen Slowing down my clockwork footsteps on the night-lit pavementFrom this workweek’s marathon, I start to scan a flyerGrabbed by reflex. Frowned, I grasp in pained amazement:… Truthful, kind, forbearing minds in China counted higherThan the System’s pawns; in shock, its sickle thrashed with ire.Parks, once vibrant sights of meditation—all deserted.People free in faith—soon hunted down. Events grew dire.Brief mock trials. Prisons flooded with fresh victims. Hurt, they’dStrive to rescue others, bringing facts to light. The Earth didNot expect the overarching smoke of lies they’d brazen…Home: my lamp and screen turned on, I crave more truth and search it,Reaching Bloody Harvest’s field of knowledge—days to gaze in.Midnight comes, my eyes give in; my reason, though, still tacklesThis unseen side of the world… Could we unlock the shackles? Under fury’s reign, warm smiles receive the crowbar’s coldness…How to feel? When words of truth and faith get choked by falsehood,What to say? The backbone—stretched to break, in fiendish slowness.Though knocked down, the guiltless rise—their words march on: What walls couldBlock the wind of knowledge…? Slander’s dust fort slowly falls; who’dNot take in this breeze, if minds knew how to breathe? Facts baffleThinking drowned in bias. Yet, our sentient nature’s calls wouldWake the brain by rousing care, while numbing every cavil…Distant, brass-like tones come through, inviting inner travel:Paths of insight show man’s toils, in vivid fields of meaning.Views, once petty, broaden. Links of life unravel,Walking forth in realms empathic, which are bright and greening.As we help the helpless, in ourselves we’ll feel revivingTimeless values that unite and keep what’s good yet thriving. Daniel Magdalen is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, in Romania. 21 Years by Rider With No Name https://classicalpoets.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/21-Years.m4a The persecution of Falun Gong,The crime that’s gone on for far too long;21 years, a child has been raised,21 years, four presidents praised;Why on earth haven’t we stopped to think,Without truth, love, forbearance, we sink;Sins not grave enough to take a stance?Organ theft among the Devil’s dance;Shoot you in the lung, and as you die,They cut out hope, your heart and your eye;Hammer and sickle, Mark of the Beast,Renounce the red specter in the East;Really just comes down to bein’ free,Standin’ with brethren across the sea;This crime has gone on for far too long,About time we stand with Falun Gong. X X Courage Is Found (Song Lyrics) by Kay Rubacek When the costs are high, and the brave are fewTo face the devils, surrounding youWhen the world says one, who dares say twoDespite the truth you know, you know is true When the fork in the road, leads you up or leads downAnd you know the fence you sit on, brings you no crownWhen your children will ask, what did you doThey’ll see the history books and what you choose Courage will come, it’s comingCourage will come, it’s comingCourage will come, it’s comingCourage will come, it’s comingCourage will come, courage will come When black’s not white, and wrong’s not rightAnd you know heaven is watching, but so are spiesWhen your heart beats hard, and your feet won’t budgeTill you only step forward and never give up Courage is found, courage is foundCourage is found, foundCourage is found, courage is foundCourage is found, found When fear is a rock, but smaller than your willIt is chiseled by courage to valleys and hillsWhen hope takes hold, rains burst on droughtFaith softens sorrows and courage is found Courage is found, courage is foundCourage is found, foundCourage is found, courage is foundFaith softens sorrows And courage is found NOTE: 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. 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) 12 Responses Jim Fogarty July 20, 2020 Beautiful. Thank you for remembering. Falun Dafa is close to my heart. I hope we see an end to this persecution, soon. Reply Emmily July 20, 2020 Keep at it! Justice will definitely defeat evil. wish you good luck. Reply Mia Suen July 20, 2020 Beautiful. I know Falun Dafa, you are a group of brave people and I support you Reply Wendy July 20, 2020 So touching, Thank You Reply Anne Sun July 20, 2020 Beautiful! Please keep on going. I support you! Reply James July 20, 2020 Thank you for raising awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong. Reply G Hong Hong July 21, 2020 Every body in the world should say “No” to CCP. Reply Damian Robin July 22, 2020 Yes G ! Interesting article about a recent event on 20 July 2020 https://www.theepochtimes.com/exporting-totalitarianism-experts-explain-why-you-should-care-about-china_3431561.html Reply Daniel Magdalen July 23, 2020 Thank you for your comments Jim Fogarty, Emmily, Mia Suen, Wendy, Anne Sun, James and G Hong Kong. I appreciate the fact that you care about the good and innocent people who are persecuted. Good article, Damian Robin, thank you for sharing the link. Let us hope that we will soon witness better times. Reply Arleen Richards July 26, 2020 Heartfelt and moving. Thank you for your passion and dedication to the fight for freedom. Reply Daniel Magdalen July 26, 2020 Thank you for your kind words. Reply Aditya Roy August 10, 2020 I would like to share a poem too. Although, it is not as contemplative as these poems, but I hope it spreads the message: THE FOLK SONG OF FALUN GONG Many shall arise from a movement that waits, Let us do our part as China meditates, Take from us from tradition or truth, Congeries shall sing with us in the same couth. Let us endure and continue to do so, As they sew up the unmoved dead and go, Hundred traditions bring us no farther, Than to exploit the truth and our ancestors; How desolate, empty lies the water? Only the true Chinaman shall see the end of battle, How our God has gleaned an entire century, Into forced silence and fanciful reverie. 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