is a woman
of the country
caressed with eyes
I wonder if Xi Jinping
wakes up in the middle of night and
thinks of Hong Kong
or if he would not
feel anything like the foot of an elephant
stamping upon the thorns of roses.
The two activists who were arrested
look like my son and daughter,
his jaggy head, and her long black hair.
The Japanese government
will certainly ‘continue to watch the situation carefully’.
The freedom of another country would not bring them too many votes.
The former suzerain
is too much caught up with its own divorce battle
to be bothered by such a thing as democracy.
Unlike Nanjing in 1938
or Prague in 1968,
Hong Kong in 2019 is right here and now,
staining the hands of all of us with its fresh blood.
Deserting them is tantamount
to betraying the future of our own sons and daughters.
What can we do
other than praying?
Poetry is so frustrating!