. This poem is commemorating the peaceful appeal of 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners for freedom of belief, in Beijing, on April 25, 1999. The appeal ended when practitioners left after being given empty promises of fair treatment. A “coup”? The will for truth. A “mob”? Respectful souls Responsibility unites in heartfelt choice. Their silence drowns the city’s storm of noise. No voice Shouts slogans. Silent, listen to infer their goals… Their upright postures are by dignity sustained; Petitions aim to right the twisted way of lies That further twists the people’s way of thought, and ties Mass ignorance to fear, for hate through fear is gained. If only for the hour, red agitprop machines Give in to words of reason… As the gathered leave, The atmosphere and place made clean beyond belief Prove further what, in fact, true civic virtue means. Still, ideology recaptures party minds, Which go down roads redemption never finds. . . Daniel Magdalen is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, in Romania.