Tennis star Peng Shuai and Vice Premier Zhang GaoliA Poem for Peng Shuai, by Douglas J. Lanzo The Society November 29, 2021 Culture, Human Rights in China, Poetry 6 Comments . A Silenced Voice Cried Out dedicated to Peng Shuai A voice cried out decrying her assault, Courageously to light the way for truth Against one high up preying on her youth— A Vice Premier accused of this grave fault. Unlocking secrets stored within a vault That no one else had dared to find or sleuth, She opened wounds that only she could soothe— A tennis star that many still exalt. Once in her tender years some fixed her heart— Which gave her faith and passion in her game. Defying odds and rising to the top, A household name in China, blessed with fame, World number one in doubles—but this part They fixed for her now feels more like a prop. . . An award-winning and featured American poet published in Vita Brevis Press’ best-selling poetry anthology whose first novel, The Year of the Bear, and publication in Cafe Haiku’s 2021 anthology are forthcoming, 176 of Doug’s poems have been published in 42 publications since 2020 across the U.S., Canada, England, Wales, Austria, India, Mauritius, Australia, Japan and the Caribbean. His Author’s Website is https://douglaslanzo.com. 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. 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. CODEC News: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) 6 Responses Sally Cook November 29, 2021 Every mention of truth builds a fortress. Thank you. Reply Gregory M.Pacific November 30, 2021 A Heart Rendering tribute to an admirable hero. Gregory Reply Darwin December 1, 2021 I had no idea about this story until your poem prompted me to learn more. Thanks for sharing and very well done. Reply Jean December 1, 2021 WTA suspended tournaments in China amid concerns for her welfare. Thanks for shedding light on this situation in such a beautiful poem. Reply Paul Freeman December 2, 2021 Young athletes are vulnerable to this kind of abuse. English football is under the microscope with historical crimes emerging, and we’ve had American gymnastics investigated and found more than wanting. Then there’s the old USSR damaging the health of their athletic youths with steroids. It’s an old but recurrent story, with the perpetrators often getting away Scot free or with a slap on the wrist to avoid bad publicity. Thanks for highlighting Peng Shuai’s case, Douglas. It’s probably the tip of the iceberg; but in the meantime the important thing is the welfare of this young, Chinese athlete. Reply Sue F. December 2, 2021 Such deep compassion for freedom in your poetry Doug. Thank you for your advocacy through poetry. Your poem is moving and heartfelt! 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.