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Friday, October 10, 2014

Yellow Ribbons Haiku

for the spiritual followers of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Chinese revolutionary and founding father of the Republic of China (formally established on January 1, 1912 following the Xinhai Revolution, which itself began with the Wuchang Uprising on October 10, 1911),  who said, "The revolution is not yet successful, the comrades still need to strive for the future." (革命尚未成功,同志仍需努力)

a sea of waving hands
with yellow ribbons
Hong Kong's skyline at dawn

Note: Occupy Central Pro-Democracy protestors have adopted the yellow ribbon as their symbol. Below is my another poem about the Occupy Central movement, which was first published on the "National Day" of the People's Republic of China, October 1 :

as if
stars were spread thick
across the Hong Kong sky:
a mobile light vigil
in the Central District