Tears of the Masses Evaporate to the Sky

by Richard Hartwell

Mists of empathy coalesce to clouds
swirling to an infinite horizon where
coagulating sympathies fall to earth

Like drops of rain seconds accumulate
minutes become rivulets and hours
flow like streams to a river of days
cascading to weeks months and years
emptying into an ocean of others’ tears

As justice denied becomes the feared
hollow knock at the door drumbeating
millions into conformity and passivity
a sheer silence interrupted by a few
voices raised in protest as Zhu Yufu

Languishing in captivity awaiting the
cleansing showers of independence
blood wrung from expectant clouds

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