Photos of Enes Kanter and his shoes.A Poem on Enes Kanter Standing up to the CCP, by Damian Robin The Society November 18, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Human Rights in China, Poetry 10 Comments . On the Question of Enes Kanter How do heroes take a stand above the skyline? How face off sharp machinery that spades the earth, Converting humans into demons by the roots— Machines that grind distinctive features off a face To turn men to a twitch of its assembly line, Each be a bitch that wills to work for demon worth And wants to lace their fellows down in quaking boots To mud them into cud that dams the human race? What kind of power, mental grit, what strength of mind, Character, resilience and clarity, What mettle, backbone, upright personality, What heart breeds men of class and dignity, What makes one person show the crux of humankind? What safe hands block the withering shots of perfidy? What arms have reached to outstretch lazy luxury? What independent legs have out-leapt prize and fee? Against the present’s odd perversions, why stand up? Why does Enes Kanter choose to be above, Why not lie in seemly comfort with the rest? Such questions are below this man’s nobility. Is his the drunken swagger of the courage cup? The vain adrenalin of winning push and shove? Another marker on the statistician’s test? Each printed pump jumps from heart-felt profundity. Each tweet and video swings high validity. How opposition drops to anonymity When deep soul’s fair compassion is set free. . . Damian Robin is a writer and editor living in the United Kingdom. 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 email@example.com. 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Sadly, China’s brazen tentacles now hold major American sport, media, industry, and higher education in the grip of a Faustian bargain where unprincipled leaders have traded both their souls and our national birthright for a mess of pottage. Mr. Kanter is more than worthy of this poem, written in his honor. Damian, I hope you will find a way to share this poem with him. Reply Damian Robin November 19, 2021 “Sadly, China’s brazen tentacles now hold major American sport, media, industry, and higher education in the grip of a Faustian bargain where unprincipled leaders have traded both their souls and our national birthright for a mess of pottage.” Florid prose that gets the point across. I’ve passed on the baton of getting these messages and poem to Enes Kanter to Evan Mantyk. His knowledge of internet may be better – a tweet maybe. Reply Paul Freeman November 19, 2021 I expect Enes Kanter’s words and deeds to gain further traction, what with the current situation with Peng Shuai which ladies’ tennis is getting behind. It shows how redundant the ‘Shut up and dribble’ mantra is. Some years back I wrote a short story on the topic at Enes’s heart. It didn’t find a market or publisher. Thanks for the read, Damian – glad to see it published. Reply Damian Robin November 19, 2021 “It shows how redundant the ‘Shut up and dribble’ mantra is.” Neatly put. Do you have a link to your short story, Paul. On your own website perhaps. I’d like to read it. Reply C.B. Anderson November 20, 2021 C’mon guys, did you really mean “redundant,” or did you mean “repugnant?” Reply Damian Robin November 20, 2021 Both are good, CB, though different strengths/proofs. “‘Shut up and dribble’ mantra” is resplendent as solipsis – the myopia I’m still reading about from Adam Sedia’s https://classicalpoets.org/2021/07/17/whitmans-curse-contemporary-poetry-as-solipsism/#/ Peter Hartley November 20, 2021 Damian – I liked this poem from the first line in, the way that you have broadened the imagery from the usual “stick one’s head above the parapet” to “take a stand above the skyline” to encompass the whole horizon in the metaphor, which is maintained right down to “To mud them into cud that dams the earth.” And “What makes one person show the crux of humankind.” And wouldn’t Mr Kanter be proud to know that he has prompted such superlatives in your writing. I hope Evan DOES find a way of communicating such a strong message of support to its subject. Reply Damian Robin November 20, 2021 Thank you very much, Peter. I surprised myself with what came out. I had not heard of Enes Kanter – maybe becos I seldom trawl the news (so called) media but also because I don’t think it’s been much in UK media. I looked at the video tweets after Mr Mantyk suggested an ode to the player. His stand being new to me and seeing all his posts in one go, I was very moved. Nice to have some of the subtleties I had not noticed pointed out. Valuable. Thanks. Reply Damian Robin November 20, 2021 And, yes, I hope the support gets through to him. No matter how confidently he projects himself, he has taken up a pressured position on a front line. I have put it on my FaceBook and will put it on my website and other poetry outlets I am involved with. Maybe I’ll join Instagram ! Maybe even work out some of the chicanery ofTwitter ! Damian Robin November 29, 2021 Enes Kanter becomes an American citizen and adds ‘Freedom’ to his name. Welcome New American Citizen Enes Kanter Freedom https://new.americanprophet.org/welcome-new-american-citizen-enes-kanter-freedom/ He pastes an image of his face on a picture of the Statue of Liberty https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=459324078883350&set=a.281661103316316 Damian Robin Although this picture is going to the jokey side of heroism, Enes Kantor is still a one in a million (a social millionaire) —– A patriot, a hero, standing tall and upright / Pushing against the darkness, holding up the light. ——- see more praise here —– https://classicalpoets.org/…/a-poem-on-enes-kanter…/… Reply Leave a Reply to Damian Robin 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.