. During the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Tank Man (his name has been reported as Wang Weilin, a 19-year-old student) was arrested for “political hooliganism.” Varying reports suggested he was either imprisoned or executed. In Nineteen Eighty-Nine He crossed the battle line. The world saw courage shine--- He took a stand. His actions were unplanned. Tyranny, be damned! With shopping bags in hand--- He took a stand. He raised an open palm With poise and grace and calm. Without a trace of qualm--- He took a stand. With grit, he stood his ground; Roared Freedom! with no sound; Turned heads and hearts around--- He took a stand. He had his silent say. They carried him away. Although he knew he’d pay--- He took a stand. With everything to lose, We’re walking in his shoes. Which one of us will choose To take a stand? . . Susan Jarvis Bryant is a church secretary and poet whose homeland is Kent, England. She is now an American citizen living on the coastal plains of Texas. Susan has poetry published in the UK webzine, Lighten Up On Line, The Daily Mail, and Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets).