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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tiananmen Square, 4 June 1989

by Barbara A. Taylor

“The Tankman”
twenty years on,
where the square’s sealed off
and six out of ten
are security police
hiding behind umbrellas,
blocking news reports
to its own and the outside world,
refusing to allow
expression of speech
or grief for lost students
slain by this unchanged
stolid repressive state,
now waving its banner:
“You get rich.
We decide.”

Barbara A. Taylor's poems appear in literary journals and anthologies, including The Salt River Review, Tattoo Highway, qaartisiluni, Lynx, Modern English Tanka, Kaleidowhirl, Umbrella, Magnapoets, Triplopia, Poemeleon, Loch Raven Review, The Blue Fifth Review, Contemporary Haibun On Line, and elsewhere. Her diverse poems with audio are available online.