Thursday, April 7, 2011

Beijing, 1989

[Associated Press photo by Jeff Widener]

You stood,
representing
thousands of your
fellow students,
in your white shirt
you stood,
unflinching,
refusing to
retreat,
bringing the row
of tanks
to a halt.
You made us 
cheer,
halfway round
the world,
at how one person,
when his moment
has arrived,
can stare into the face
of an oppressive
regime
and say:
No,
I will not
be moved.

You claimed
your moment.
You stepped up,
engraving
the image
forever
on my heart.

Another world away,
we watched,
we stood
with you,
and we
applauded.

For the Real Toads challenge: Write about a square somewhere in the world.

3 comments:

  1. Oh,yes, Sherry. You captured that moment with brilliance. My skin was washed with goosebumps as I read each successive line. Thank you for participating in the challenge.

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  2. Wow, what a strong write in response to the challenge. Thank goodness for the brave....everywhere.

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  3. Brilliant! Your poem marks that heart-stopping moment again, and beautifully. Oh, that we all could have the courage to stand unmoved for what we purport to believe in...

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