White Chrysanthemums — No longer flavour of the month


White Chrysanthemums — No longer flavour of the month

em = By Willy Bach

Human Rights

In polystyrene

As we walked

In sombre file


Savage slaughter


Just two years ago

And no-one wants

To know

Broken bodies

That don't count

On bottom lines

Human Rights

In polystyrene

As we placed

Joss sticks

At her feet

A gesture

Just as hollow

As our votes

For leaders

Who feign care

Supporting butchers


Doing business

With the bleeders

Of the sombre

Human Rights

In polystyrene

Just as fragile

As her statue

Ringed with candles

As they sang

For their exploiters

Comrades rot in jail

While we clear away

The flowers

The billions

Cannot vote

My own is worth

A second

On their clock

1st June 1991. Commemorating the second anniversary of the Tienanmen massacre, attending the demonstration by Chinese students and hearing a particularly nauseating speech from an ALP member of the Queensland parliament.

If you like our work, become a supporter

Green Left is a vital social-change project and aims to make all content available online, without paywalls. With no corporate sponsors or advertising, we rely on support and donations from readers like you.

For just $5 per month get the Green Left digital edition in your inbox each week. For $10 per month get the above and the print edition delivered to your door. You can also add a donation to your support by choosing the solidarity option of $20 per month.

Freecall now on 1800 634 206 or follow the support link below to make a secure supporter payment or donation online.