Chinese citizens practicing Falun Gong tranquil exercises prior to their being persecuted.‘A Sonnet for the Citizens’ by Claude Clayton Smith The Society November 27, 2020 Deconstructing Communism, Human Rights in China, Poetry 3 Comments —for Li Hongzhi The unacknowledged legislators know the truth: the Buddha shows one thousand hands to foster heaven’s circulation, so the standing stance is seen throughout the lands and strengthens the divine. We must be free to penetrate the two cosmic extremes, resisting persecution peacefully, one million strong-willed souls instilling dreams Tiananmen will fiercely hold until the rape and torture stops—once and for all. Thoreau and Ghandi knew the force of will, the universal power that can fall upon the CCP from Falun Gong. The citizens of heaven can’t be wrong. Claude Clayton Smith taught for two decades at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, taking early retirement in 2006. He was named ONU Professor of English, Emeritus, in 2008, during which year he served as the Claridge Writer-in-Residence at Illinois College. He is the author of eight books, co-editor/translator of two others, plus a variety of short fiction, poetry, essays, and plays. Besides reading and writing, his hobbies include fishing, golf, and softball. He was a licensed professional boxing judge in Ohio. 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 email@example.com. 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) 3 Responses Susan Jarvis Bryant November 27, 2020 This is an admirably crafted sonnet with a powerful message. Any cry for freedom that shakes the foundations of totalitarianism’s evil goal sings to my heart. Thank you! Reply Damian Robin November 27, 2020 Thanks, Claude, for your knowing contribution to the forbearance of Falun Gong. You allude to the exercises of the practice (‘Buddha shows one thousand hands’, ’standing stance’, ‘to penetrate the two cosmic extremes’), to the strength of practitioners, and supporters, in China as well as bringing in other, global philosophies (‘Thoreau and Ghandi’) that incorporate aspects of the ‘universal power’. Such a wide scope delivered with unassuming formality in a sonnet of relaxed enjambement and a careful stand-alone last line. Admirable. Reply BDW December 16, 2020 Li Hongzhi by Wu “Sacred Bee” Li for Claude Clayton Smith Thanks for reminding us of Li Hongzhi and all he’s done, both for America as well as for the Falun Gong. These epoch times require news that reaches truth that’s sound, amidst the lies and coverups, that swirl all around. These epic crimes we see around us, need to be revealed; we cannot let such horrid villainy remain…concealed. But yet, he has supported those things that inspire the mind, like ancient Chinese rhythms, dancing spritely and divine, reminding us of dharma wheel practicing qigong; benevolence, forbearance, honesty cannot be wrong. And if some tenets are too hard to fathom or believe, still in this World that so deceives, one can prize Li Hongzhi. 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.