. 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.