June 4th, '89

An ancient culture
in an ancient land
noted for insight
knowledge
and wisdom
Openned fire on its people
its students
its future today

Two-thousand six-hundred
dead on the ground
ten-thousand injured
so the newscaster says
Those who watched this
outrage
against yourself
saddened in our hearts

In all your years
your knowledge
your wisdom
Have you never learned
that oppression fans
the fires
of Freedom?

1989 © J. Nichols

June 4th, '89

JDNarts

Lansdale, United States

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Having just passed the 20th anniversary of Tiananman Square, I felt it was appropriate to dig out this poem written on the evening of the massacre to express my horror at the thought of what had just happened. It was deeply troubling and saddening news to say the least.

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