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Poem: "The Dream of Freedom" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Dream of Freedom"

This poem was inspired and sponsored by marina_bonomi.  You can read about the Tiananmen Square protests online; June 4 is the anniversary of the massacre.



The Dream of Freedom


The demonstrations in Tiananmen Square
began in hope and ended in bloodshed:
such is the nightmare of human history,
from which we wake only to return
the next time someone falls asleep
at the wheel of a nation.

Yet there is as much dream as nightmare,
as much freedom as oppression:
along with the harsh glint of guns
and the tramp of heavy boots
there is the shining image
of one man stopping a line of tanks.

This is a thing they forget,
those who clutch the reins of power so tightly:
the dream of freedom is a nightmare
to those who oppose it.

This is a thing they forget,
those who give the orders to kill
and those who are just following orders:
a person can be killed, even a hundred or a thousand,
but a dream will never die.

This is a thing they forget,
those who choke the media into silence:
a dream does not need a voice in order to be heard,
for it rises up from the mists of sleep
newborn each night with its deep speaking eyes.

This is a thing they forget,
a thing they teach themselves to forget
so that they may lie down and close their eyes:
but it will come for them anyway, all unknowing.

Even tyrants must sleep sometime.

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marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: June 4th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Elizabeth.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 4th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

Some stories need to be told.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: June 4th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

Very much so.

I have re-posted on my LJ with a link to the fishbowl
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 4th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

Yay! I've added a verse to the linkback poem for you.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: June 4th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

Thanks. :)

Reading it again I was wondering:

"a dream does need a voice in order to be heard,", shouldn't it be: "a dream does °not° need a voice" instead?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 4th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

Oops, yes. I have fixed that.
From: technoshaman Date: June 4th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
.... and when they do... *feral grin*

Like this one very much. Sharing.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 5th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

... that's the fun part.
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