Photo of Uyghurs in a labor camp in China.Two Poems on China Nowadays, by Cheryl Corey The Society July 20, 2022 Culture, Human Rights in China, Poetry 4 Comments . I’m Not Too Keen On China Nowadays I’m not too keen on China nowadays: The moves they’ve made against Taiwan of late; The way they treat their citizens, negate Their freedoms, torture, torment, subjugate; And heaven help the soul who kneels and prays! The tactics used are such that all are cowed, As fear of retribution casts its cloud, Since Xi Jinping’s the only god allowed. I’m more a fan of China’s olden days Of tea and silks, of Chinese brush and ink, And how the old philosophers made you think; But now the CCP is on the brink Of making war—their lust for power obscene. Suffice to say that no, I’m not too keen. . . The Master Plan The CCP devised a master plan To eradicate the Uyghur Muslim clan By using artificial intelligence, The police, and spies for maximum surveillance. Their features and their retinas are scanned; Their language, books, and history are banned; The mosque, the shrine—all completely razed— Only what is Han is to be praised. They sample blood and hair for DNA, Observe their movements—the way they walk, the way They talk, recording each and every voice. When faced with prison and torture, what’s the choice? . . Cheryl Corey is a Connecticut poet. She is also an author of short stories, a novella, and recently completed a novel. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. 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) 4 Responses Paul Freeman July 20, 2022 Thanks for highlighting the Uyghurs’ plight and for your overview of modern day China, a poem with an extraordinary and effective rhyme scheme. The BBC made a chilling short documentary of what China describes today as its ‘Schools of Transformation’ a few years back, before the camps really hit the news and news access became almost totally restricted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmId2ZP3h0c Unfortunately, what’s in the documentary is only the tip of the iceberg. Thanks again for your poignant pieces, Cheryl. Reply Cheryl Corey July 20, 2022 I watched the clip, Paul, and noticed that it was mostly young people being subjected to massive indoctrination. The thinking used to be that if we opened up to China, that they would become more like us. Instead, Western societies are becoming more like them! And with the development of advanced IT, it’s getting worse. The last thing China wants is diversity. Reply Margaret Coats July 21, 2022 “Not Too Keen” is a clever fit of conversational parlance to sonnet form. There is a pleasant breathing space at the classic turn in line 9, but the rhymes, in an unusual scheme, quickly lead back to the starting point. The apparent drift of the speaker’s thought also inserts important points elsewhere, as in “heaven help the soul.” Seriously good work in a casual tone! Reply Norma Pain July 22, 2022 I appreciated both of these poems Cheryl, especially the lines, “I’m more a fan of China’s olden days, Of tea and silks, of Chinese brush and ink”, sadly long-lost now. Thank you Cheryl. 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.